New Delhi:  Pulses would be supplied at a subsidy of Rs.20 per kg to people living below the poverty line, an official said on Friday.

"Imported pulses will supplied at reasonable prices to the BPL (below poverty line) population through the public distribution system. Designated import agencies will directly enter into contract with the states/UTs for supply of imported pulses," said a food ministry official.

The subsidy has been provided in view of the mismatch between demand and supply of pulses and lower acreage under pulses in 2012-13 due to delayed monsoon, he said.

The state/UT governments will monitor and ensure that the distribution strategy enables the subsidy benefit to reach the targeted population, he added.

The scheme will operate till March 31, 2013, and a decision on its continuation will be taken next year.


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