- Pulses have taken a hit for the last couple of months on the back of a weak monsoon that has hit kharif crop across the country.
- Dal prices have risen across the country due to a shortfall in domestic output by 2 million tonnes in 2014-15 hit by poor rains and also global shortage of lentils.
- Raids are being carried out after state governments were exhorted to intensify action against hoarding, across 13 states as part of the measures to control the skyrocketing retail prices that have touched up to Rs 210 per kg.
- The seized lentils will be offloaded in the market to boost supply.
- The Centre has also asked the states to hold discussions with dal millers, whole-sellers and retailers to make pulses available at reasonable prices.
- So far, the largest quantity of pulses has been seized in Maharashtra at 46,397 tonnes.