Lucknow, Aug 3: The opposition Congress has opened “State Bank of Tomato” here to protest against the recent hike in tomato prices.
According to the data issued by consumer affairs ministry, tomato prices in metros were ruling at Rs95/kg in Kolkata, Rs92/kg in Delhi, Rs80/kg in Mumbai and Rs55/kg in Chennai on July 29.
The opposition opened a bank called the State Bank of Tomato in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, reported news agency ANI.
Lucknow (UP): In a unique protest against the rising prices of the tomatoes, Congress opens bank called “State Bank of Tomato”. pic.twitter.com/lNpAaexgMu
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 2, 2017
It also provides attractive offers such as a 5x return on tomatoes deposited within six months, among other provisions like ‘lockers for the tomatoes’, ’80 per cent loans on tomatoes’ and ‘attractive interest rates for depositing tomatoes, especially for the poor’.
“I have deposited 0.5 Kg tomatoes, will get 1 kg after 6 months. I’m 103-year-old, never thought have to see this,” said Srikrishna Verma, one of the customers at the ‘unique bank’.
Just like other banks, the “State Bank of Tomato” will function from 10am to 5pm.