Clamp down on onion hoarding: Hussain
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.