De-hoarding of pulses continues, 177 tonnes seized in Odisha

Bhubaneswar/Puri/Rayagada: In line with strict action being taken against dal hoarders in other States, the Odisha government on Sunday seized about 90 tonnes of hoarded pulses. This takes the total seizure of illegally stocked pulses in the State to 177 tonnes so far.

Sources said simultaneous raids were conducted at many places including Balasore, Bhubaneswar, Puri and Rayagada.

While the maximum 51 tonnes of lentil and urad dal were seized from a retired teacher’s house in the State capital, about 21 tonnes of unaccounted pulses were found from a trader in Chandanpur area in Puri district.

Similarly during raid, the officials of State Food Supplies department found 17.6 tonnes of illegally hoarded pulses from Radhakrushna Store in Motoganj area in Balasore.

Earlier the department had already seized about 88 tonnes of pulses after conducting raids at mills and warehouses at seven places in the State.

The Centre said nearly 75,000 metric tonnes of pulses have been seized from hoarders in raids across 13 states, as the government tries to stave off intense political pressure with prices surging over Rs. 200 a kg.

The Centre has also asked the states to hold discussions with dal millers, whole-sellers and retailers to make pulses available at reasonable prices.

“De-hoarding operations across the states continued. These have resulted in seizure of 74,846.359 tonnes pulses so far. Total 6,077 raids have been conducted by the states after the amendment in the Central Order under Essential Commodities Act,” the government said in a statement.