CM flags off govt vans sell­ing cheap onions

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

New Delhi: In a move to pro­vide re­lief to Del­hi­ites, Delhi govern­ment on Satur­day started pro­vid­ing onions at Rs 23.9 per kg through mo­bile vans and fair price shops. Al­to­gether, over 70 mo­bile vans and 400 fair price shops have been ar­ranged to sell the onions at sub­sided rate in the cap­i­tal.

Flag­ging off the mo­bile vans from Delhi Sec­re­tar­iat on Satur­day, chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal said that af­ter the first five days, pro­cure­ment of onion stock would be re­viewed as per the re­quire­ment.

Un­der the sub­sidised rate, a per­son can get a max­i­mum of five kilo­grams of onions in a day. The sale of onions will be held from 10am to 5pm. Al­though no ID proof is re­quired to pur­chase the onions from fair price shops, the CM urged the com­mon peo­ple to be hon­est and avoid black-mar­ket­ing of the veg­etable.

“The re­tail mar­ket in Delhi is sell­ing onions at Rs 70-80 per kg. We do not want Del­hi­ites to suf­fer from such eye-wa­ter­ing prices and have de­cided to sell onions at Rs 23.9 per kg. One mo­bile van each will be taken by MLAs to their re­spec­tive con­stituen­cies. All 70 as­sem­bly con­stituen­cies in the city will be cov­ered,” the chief min­is­ter added.

Ke­jri­wal said the state govern­ment is di­rectly putting into the mar­ket what­ever has been pro­cured from the cen­tre. “Two Delhi govern­ment of­fi­cials will soon visit Nag­pur to ex­am­ine the qual­ity of onions be­ing sold there and to en­sure sup­ply of good qual­ity onions for the city,” he added.

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