Tomato@100: Govt Cracks The Whip | Delhi News – Times of India

New Delhi: With retail prices of tomato breaching the Rs 100-mark in many areas, thereby leaving household budgets in the red, Delhi government has sprung into action.
Food and civil supplies minister Imran Hussain on Wednesday reviewed the situation arising out of the increase in the retail prices of tomato in the markets and directed officials to crack down on hoarders or black marketeers.
The retail prices of tomatoes now range between Rs 80 and Rs 100 per kg in markets and more than Rs 100 per kg online. Its wholesale price at Azadpur mandi on Wednesday was between Rs 28 and Rs 72 per kg, depending on the quality. The same time last month, the wholesale price ranged between Rs 14 and Rs 40 per kg.
According to data available on the official “Agmarknet” platform, the average wholesale price of tomato was Rs 41.8 per kg this month, while it was being sold at Rs 34.3 per kg in October and at Rs 16.1 and Rs 15.8 per kg in September and August, respectively.
A statement from Delhi government said that Hussain expressed serious concern about the sudden surge in the prices of tomato in a meeting attended by the food and civil supplies commissioner and other officials of the department. He directed that the market intelligence unit depute teams in markets to ascertain the reasons for the abrupt increase in prices.
Hussain said that Delhi government was keeping a close watch on the price trends of essential commodities and assured that wherever was considered necessary, the government would undertake market intervention for stabilisation of prices.
The minister also reviewed the price trends of onion, potato and other essential commodities and directed the officials to take action against hoarding. He directed that the intelligence teams should gather information about instances of hoarding and black marketing of tomatoes, if any, so that action could be taken under Essential Commodities Act.
Directing the department to carry out intense inspections of wholesale markets at Azadpur, Okhla, Ghazipur, Keshopur, etc, apart from inspection of retail markets, Hussain directed officials to send daily inspection reports. He also directed the commissioner to convene weekly meetings with stakeholder departments and agencies such as APMC, DAMB, Nafed, etc to ensure that prices of tomato and other essential commodities stayed in range.


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