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Prime Minister for urgent steps to cool onion prices

Expressing deep concern over the "extraordinary price rise", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said effective steps should be taken to bring down the prices to affordable levels.

delhi Updated: Dec 21, 2010 19:11 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday expressed deep concern over the sharp rise in onion prices and said effective steps should be taken to bring down the prices to affordable levels.

In a letter to the secretaries of Departments of Consumer Affairs and Agriculture, the Prime Minister's Office said that Singh expressed deep concern over the "extraordinary price rise".

Onion prices have touched up to Rs 70 a kg across many cities from just half the level till recently, possibly due to supply disruption, but authorities have blamed it on hoarding.

"PM desires that all necessary steps to effectively deal with the extraordinary price rise of onions and bring the prices down to an affordable level," a source said.

Singh wanted that steps should be taken expeditiously and the impact should be monitored on a day-to-day basis, sources said, adding that the PM's letter also made references to the wholesale and retail prices.