TN stops sale of Urad dal in ra­tion shops ‘to avoid in­con­sis­tency’

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI -

Chennai: Urad dal (ulutham paruppu) will no longer be avail­able in ra­tion shops. Food Min­is­ter R Ka­ma­raj on Tues­day said the govern­ment has stopped pur­chas­ing the com­mod­ity ‘to avoid in­con­sis­tency.’ Ac­cord­ing to Ka­ma­raj, the govern­ment had been procur­ing 13,000 tonnes of toor dal (thu­varam paruppu), Cana­dian yel­low len­tils or Ma­soor dal and 7,000 tonnes of Urad dal since 2008. It will now shift to procur­ing 21,000 tonnes of toor dal/ Cana­dian len­tils/Ma­soor dal. “There is in­con­sis­tency and con­fu­sion when one ben­e­fi­ciary gets one dal and the next, an­other. To avoid this, we have de­cided to do away with Urad dal,” Ka­ma­raj said. The Min­is­ter also said 1.71 crores of the 1.93 crore fam­ily cards have been con­verted to smart cards. ENS

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