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Kamal Nath orders CBI investigation into pulse exports matter

Mar '07
Shri Kamal Nath, Union Minister of Commerce & industry, ordered an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the pulses export matter over a week ago.

In a rebuttal issued here, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry (Department of Commerce) has stated that the allegations made at a press conference by a political party this afternoon are not correct and that the Department of Commerce had already instituted a CBI inquiry to look into any wrongdoing that might have been committed by some exporters.

Giving the facts of the case in chronological order, the Department has stated as below:
In the wake of rising prices of essential commodities, Cabinet Committee on Prices (CCP) and Committee of Secretaries were constantly reviewing the prices and domestic availability of essential commodities including pulses and were taking various decisions to check the prices of these commodities.

Pulses being one of the commodities whose prices were rising and there was an urgent need to take certain decisions to keep them under check, the following decisions were taken:
• Committee of Secretaries (COS) held on 19th June 2006 decided that the Department of Commerce will process the proposal for issuing necessary orders banning the export of pulses for the next six months.
• In the meeting of CCP held on 22nd June 2006, it was decided to ban export of pulses till 31.3.07. The minutes of the decisions of this CCP, dated 27.6.06, were, received in the Commerce Department on 28.6.2006.
• In the meanwhile, another meeting of the COS was held on 27.6.2006 in which it was decided that the Department of Commerce will take immediate steps of notification for banning export of pulses.
• The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) issued notification on 27th June 2006 itself, banning export of pulses for 6 months w.e.f. 22nd June 2006 (the date of CCP meeting).
• This ban was later extended till 31.3.2007 (on receipt of the CCP minutes) by another notification issued on 3rd July 2006.

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