India’s development seems to be directly proportional to the prices in the daily commodities and vegetables making it a difficult situation for the common man, who is hardly interested in the GDP or revenue growth or tax collected by the government. Sometimes its onions, now it’s the prices of tomatoes, potatoes and dal that has surged so high that it is now quite unreachable to the middle income and lower income groups, for whom managing their monthly budget is more challenging than what Arun Jaitley faces while deciding the fiscal budget of India.
In the last couple of years tomatoes have increased 424% in price, while potatoes have seen an increase of 57%.Urad Dal has recorded 119% growth in the price and Tur is at 107% increase. Chana has seen an 85% hike and Masoor 34%. It is not an unexpected rise. Last year’s drought was bound to affect the prices, and the concerned authorities should have taken necessary steps to atleast control the rise in prices to a certain extent. Atleast now, the government officials have to wake up, look at imports, curb illegal stocking and get the situation under control.