"De-hoarding operations have been further intensified by the states to check hoarding of pulses. More than 35,000 tonnes of pulses have been seized in 10 states," the ministry said in a statement. The state governments were exhorted to carry out surprise inspections and raids to prevent hoarding. As a result, a total of 35,288 tonnes of pulses were seized during 2,704 raids in these states, it said.

A maximum of 23,340 tonnes was seized in Maharashtra, followed by 4,525.19 tonnes in Chhattisgarh, 2,546 tonnes in Telangana, 2,295 tonnes in Madhya Pradesh, 1,168 tonnes in Haryana, 859.8 tonnes in Andhra Pradesh, 479.6 tonnes in Karnataka, 68.47 tonnes in Rajasthan, 4.32 tonnes in Tamil Nadu and 2.44 tonnes in Himachal Pradesh, the statement added.

The Centre has also asked the Haryana state cooperative supply and marketing federation Ltd. to procure pulses from the market and sell thought its outlets in the state. In Uttarkhand, mandi samitis have opened retail outlets in Dehradun, Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar for selling 'tur' dal at Rs 145 per kg. The state government has also been directed to distribute pulses at the fixed rate through ration shops, it added.

In Delhi, 'tur' dal is being sold at Rs 120 per kg through outlets of Safal and Kendriya Bhandar, while in Tamil Nadu, the government is selling 'urad' at a highly subsidised rate of Rs 30 per kg. The Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments are distributing red gram at Rs 50 per kg to provide relief to consumers.

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