Import of 10,000 tonnes of tur and urad dal is already in the pipeline and the first consignment will reach by September 23, it said.
     
Barring chana dal, retail prices of all pulses are ruling above Rs 100/kg across the country. The maximum increase in prices has been seen in tur and urad dal.
     
"In a high-level committee meeting held here today, the government has decided to import an additional 5,000 tonnes of tur dal to increase the availability and control prices of pulses," Consumer Affairs Secretary C Vishwanth said.
    
The state-owned MMTC will float the tender in this regard soon, he added.
    
Meanwhile, the government has directed the MMTC to expedite import of 10,000 tonnes of pulses tendered earlier and requested the state governments to gear up for distribution of imported lentils through retail outlets.
    
"The Committee has directed the agencies like MMTC, SFAC and NAFED to get in touch with states and also with SAFAL to supply imported dal through retail outlets," the Consumer Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
    
Pulses prices are likely to show a declining trend in the coming days on supply of imported dal, it said.

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