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Curbing food prices govt's top priority: President

PTI 09 Jun 2014, 13:59:16 PM IST
New Delhi: The new government, headed by Narendra Modi, will accord topmost priority to containing food inflation and take tough against hoarding and black marketing, President Pranab Mukherjee said today.

“Containing food inflation will be the topmost priority for my government. There would be an emphasis on improving the supply side of various agro and agro-based products.

My government will take effective steps to prevent hoarding and black marketing,” Mukherjee said in his address to the first joint sitting of Parliament after the general elections.

Outlining the policies of the BJP-led NDA government, Mukherjee said efforts will be made to reform the Public Distribution System (PDS) by incorporating best practices from the states.

On the possibility of deficient rains, he said that “my government is alert about the possibility of a subnormal monsoon this year and contingency plans are being prepared”.