He asserted that prices of lentils are expected to cool with arrival of kharif crop. He was critical of the industry body Assocham for coming out with a study on prices of commodities like rice, sugar and pulses 'without checking the ground reality'.

Pulse prices have been ruling as high as Rs 180 per kg in the sretail market across the country as their production slumped 2 million tonnes in the 2014-15 crop year on poor and untimely rains.

"There was no delay in the government's decision on pulse import due to recent Bihar elections. There were no lapses... There is domestic shortage and imports are being undertaken to boost supply," Balyan told reporters on the sidelines of an event on the World Fisheries Day.

He was replying to a query on whether the government delayed import of pulses as ministries concerned were busy in Bihar elections. Balyan sought to clear the air further, saying mostly, the private sector imports pulses.

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