By Ashutosh Mishra: Amid skyrocketing prices of tomatoes, the Union government on Sunday reduced the subsidised rate of tomatoes to Rs 80/kg from Rs 90/kg with immediate effect in Delhi-NCR and other locations in retail markets. The decision to reduce the prices of tomatoes came after a re-assessment of the situation from across 500 plus points in the country.
The Centre has started selling tomatoes at discounted rates in retail markets in the national capital and a few other cities from Sunday to provide relief to the consumers.
“There has been a decrease in the wholesale prices of tomatoes due to the intervention of the government to sell it at a concessional rate of Rs 90 per kg, at several locations in the country where the prices were ruling exceptionally high,” an official statement said.
The sale of tomatoes started today at several points in Delhi, Noida, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Patna, Muzaffarpur and Arrah through National Level Farmers co-operative marketing organization (NAFED) and National Cooperative Consumer Federation (NCCF).
“After a re-assessment of the situation from across 500 plus points in the country, it has been decided to sell it at Rupees Eighty (80) per kg from today Sunday July 16th, 2023. Sales have started today at several points each in Delhi, NOIDA, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Patna, Muzaffarpur and Arrah through NAFED and NCCF. It will be expanded to more cities from tomorrow depending upon the prevailing market prices at such locations,” a government press release stated.
The sudden and drastic surge in tomato prices has had a profound impact on millions of households across the country, exerting financial strain on their budgets or compelling them to curtail their consumption.
SKYROCKETING PRICES OF TOMATOES
Prices of tomatoes in retail markets on Saturday remained at an elevated level of up to Rs 250 per kilogramme across major cities due to monsoon rains and lean season.
The all-India average price stood at nearly Rs 117 per kg, according to government data.
To provide relief to retail consumers, the Centre had been selling tomatoes at a discounted Rs 90 per kg in select cities like Delhi-NCR, Patna and Lucknow. About 18,000 kgs were sold in Delhi-NCR on Saturday through mobile vans.
“In addition to various parts of Delhi and Noida, the sale of tomatoes at discounted rates started today at Lucknow, Patna and Muzaffarpur,” Union Consumer Affairs Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh tweeted.
In a statement, the department of consumer affairs said about 18,000 kg of tomatoes were sold across Delhi-NCR to retail consumers.
“It seems to have made an impact as today there was a sharp drop in Azadpur Mandi (wholesale) price and a slight dip in retail prices,” it added.
“We initiated sale in Lucknow today and 7,000 kg was sold. Tomorrow, we will intervene in the retail market in Kanpur also while continuing the interventions in Delhi and Lucknow,” the department said.
From Sunday onwards, NCCF plans to sell tomatoes through 100-odd Kendriya Bhandar outlets in the national capital. It is in talks with Mother Dairy to sell tomatoes through their 400 Safal retail outlets in Delhi-NCR.
(With PTI inputs)