Tomatoes touch Rs 100/kg, Arun Jaitley calls emergency meet

New Delhi:  At a high-level meeting, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley discussed ways to control skyrocketing prices with Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Commerce Minister  Nirmala Sitharaman and Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

Jaitley expressed his concerns over the prices of pulses ruling at a high of Rs 170 per kg and a spike in tomato prices to Rs 100 per kg.

The reasons for the spike in prices and possible options available to check the same were discussed at the meeting.

Among the issues discussed were releasing of more pulses from the buffer stock whenever there is a demand from the states as well as importing pulses from Myanmar and Africa to deal with the price rise.

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