Govt taking steps to curb onion prices, says Hussain
New Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that the AAP government was taking measures to check hoarding of onions to check price rise.
Delhi government would soon sell onions at subsidised rate of Rs 23.9 per kg from its 390 fair price shops and 80 mobile vans. Currently, onions are being sold between Rs 70 and Rs 80 per kg in retail markets of the city.
Food and civil supplies minister Imran Hussain reviewed the situation during a high-level meeting at Delhi Secretariat and stated that there was no need for panic because the government was taking all necessary measures to ensure regular supply and availability of onions at affordable rates. He instructed officers to take strict enforcement action against hoarders and profiteers.
Chief secretary Vijay Dev, who is the chairman of Price Stabilisation Fund Management Committee constituted by Delhi government to suggest market intervention for checking prices of essential commodities, said that significant steps have being taken to effectively deal with the situation. The government has already floated ashort-term tender for shortlisting transporters to take onions from NAFED godowns to fair price shops and mobile vans in various parts of Delhi.
Delhi government has already requested Centre to start supplying five truckloads of onions daily through NAFED. This supply could be increased depending upon the requirement of onions in the capital.
The chief secretary directed the market intelligence cell of the food department to increase vigil and keep close watch on the retail price movement of onions during the next 15-20 days. He also directed the food commissioner to study the best practices being adopted by various other states for curbing onion prices.
Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, however, alleged that the AAP government has announced to sell onion at Rs 24 per kg while the Centre was selling it for Rs 22 per kg.