Clamp down on onion hoard­ing: Hus­sain

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

New Delhi: Food and civil sup­plies min­is­ter Im­ran Hus­sain on Fri­day di­rected the en­force­ment teams to check in­stances of hoard­ing and black-mar­ket­ing of onions, which are sell­ing at ab­nor­mally high prices in re­tail.

Hus­sain also di­rected the of­fi­cials to en­sure that whole­salers and mid­dle­men do not in­dulge in prof­i­teer­ing, which keeps prices higher than usual.

The de­ci­sion was taken in a re­view meet­ing of the de­mand and sup­ply of onions and its dis­tri­bu­tion at con­trolled prices by the gov­ern­ment. In a re­port on Fri­day, TOIhad ex­posed how con­sumers were be­ing short­changed by re­tail­ers with whole­sale and re­tail price mar­gins of be­ing much higher than other cities.

The kitchen sta­ple is cur­rently be­ing sold in re­tail at Rs 5570 per kilo­gram, while its av­er­age price in the whole­sale mar­ket is Rs 30-40 per kg. Both the Cen­tre and Delhi gov­ern­ment are sell­ing onions at a con­trolled rate of Rs 23.9 per kg through var­i­ous stores and mobile vans. Delhi gov­ern­ment has ear­marked 390 fair price shops and de­ployed 70 mobile vans to sell onions at the sub­sidised rate.

The AAP gov­ern­ment in a state­ment on Fri­day had said that Hus­sain, in a re­view meet­ing, had di­rected of­fi­cials of the food and civil sup­plies depart­ment and other agen­cies to in­ten­sify field in­spec­tions to en­sure that there is no hoard­ing, black-mar­ket­ing and prof­i­teer­ing of onions. The meet­ing was at­tended by of­fi­cials of the rev­enue depart­ment, Delhi State Civil Sup­plies Cor­po­ra­tion, Agri­cul­ture Pro­duce Mar­ket­ing Com­mit­tee and Delhi Agri­cul­tural Mar­ket­ing Board.

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