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Minister Imran Hussain orders crackdown against tomato hoarders

Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain has ordered a crackdown against hoarders, striving to rein in surging tomato prices in the capital. The minister directed officials of his department to gather information about instances of hoarding and black marketing of tomatoes, and initiate necessary action under the Essential Commodity Act, if needed.

Hussain: "The Delhi government is keeping a close watch on the price trends of essential commodities, and wherever considered necessary, the government will undertake market intervention for stabilization of prices of essential commodities in Delhi."

Tomatoes are currently selling at Rs 44.25 per kilogram, up from Rs 33.5 last month, Adil Ahmad Khan, chairman of the agricultural produce marketing committee of the Azadpur Mandi said. The increase in prices is more glaring in the retail and online markets, where customers are charged anything between Rs 90 and Rs 108 for a kilogram of tomatoes.

[ Rs100 = €1.20 ]

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