Prices of essential commodities coming down: CM

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Hyderabad, Apr 27 (UNI) Various tough measures initiated by the Andhra Pradesh government have led to decrease in prices of essential commodities in the state, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy said today.

The State government had taken various steps to bring down the prices of essential commodities as it was committed to the welfare of common people, an official release here said.

Stating that strict action was being initiated against hoarders and black marketeers, he said in view of the measures taken by the government, the prices of groundnut oil had come down by Rs 5 while the prices of palmoil and sunflower were less by Rs 12. The Union government had accorded permission to import redgram palmoil, he said, adding the Civil Supplies department had been asked to prepare short and long-term plans to control the prices of commodities from escalating.

Asserting that Rs 2 a kg rice scheme for the benefit of the poor people would continue, the Chief Minister said the government had decided to raise the upper income limit of families for issuing white ration cards in view of the income levels going up following increase in wages.

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