Amid a surge in tomato prices, Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit Thursday issued an order temporarily halting its consumption in the Raj Bhawan as “a gesture of solidarity with the citizens facing the impact of rising food prices”.
Tomato is currently selling at a rate of more than Rs 200 a kilo and its prices are likely to touch Rs 300 per kilogram in the coming days, according to wholesale traders in the region.
“Over the past few weeks, the people of Punjab and Chandigarh have been grappling with an unprecedented escalation in the cost of tomatoes, a staple in many households. The price surge has been attributed to various factors, including supply chain disruptions, climatic conditions and other market dynamics,” according to a statement issued by the Raj Bhawan.
It added that recognising the burden this situation places on ordinary citizens, the Governor, who is also the administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, has expressed his concern and empathy for the difficulties faced by the public due to soaring tomato prices.
“By forgoing tomato consumption in his own residence, the governor aims to underscore the importance of empathy, frugality, and responsible use of resources during these challenging times,” read the statement.
The Governor said, “Stopping or reducing the consumption of an article is bound to have an effect on its price; reducing demand will automatically lower the price. I hope people will use alternatives in their household for the time being and help to curtail the surge in tomato prices.”
While the suspension of tomato consumption in the Governor’s household is a symbolic gesture, it serves as a reminder to all citizens to use resources wisely and come together during challenging times, the release said.