Govt tak­ing steps to curb onion prices, says Hus­sain

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

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