LJP Supremo Ram Vilas Paswan (File Photo: PTI)

LJP Supremo Ram Vilas Paswan

Concerned over rising prices of pulses and other essential commodities, food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said that during the months of June to August prices of tomato and potato always increase, but this is temporary.

The Central Government has planned out the strategy to balance the shortage of pulses and maintain the stability of the prices, the minister said.

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He further added that there would be a gap of over 76 lakh tonnes, in that case private importers may import only 60 lakh tonnes.

Moreover, the Centre has asked state governments to take action on hoarding of pulses.

Tomato prices in most retail markets across the country have doubled to Rs 80 per kg in the last 15 days due to sluggish supply owing to crop damage. Potato rates have also been on the rise.

Similarly, retail prices of pulses are still ruling high at over Rs 170 per kg.

As per the WPI data released on Tuesday, vegetable inflation rose sharply to 12.94 percent, from 2.21 percent.