Mobile van in each ward for onion supply
New Delhi: Delhi cabinet on Monday asked agencies concerned to augment the supply of subsidised onions in the capital in anticipation of the increased demand post Navratri.
The cabinet also asked the department of food and civil supplies and Delhi States Civil Supplies Corporation to deploy one mobile van in each civic ward, that is, four to six vans in each assembly constituency.
Delhi government has been providing the kitchen staple to Delhiites at a controlled rate of Rs 23.9 per kg through 70 mobile vans and 390 fair price shops since September 28. It procures the onion from National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED )at Rs 15.6 per kilo.
In a review meeting last week, food and supplies minister Imran Hussain had issued the order to increase the number of mobile vans from 70 to 140 and add more FPS shops.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was chairing the cabinet meeting, also directed officials to intensify the enforcement activities by making regular field inspections in order to check instances of hoardings, black-marketing and profiteering. The enforcement teams will also check the implementation of stock limits prescribed for onions, the government said in a statement.
Leader of the Opposition in Delhi assembly, Vijender Gupta, however, alleged that the government had “completely failed” to provide onion to Delhiites at the controlled price through fair price shops. “The government has failed to set-up the required sale-network at 400 fair price shops and only 120 FPS are engaged in the activity. Public is compelled to buy onion in open retail market at Rs 60-70 per kg,” Gupta alleged.