Mo­bile van in each ward for onion sup­ply

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

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.

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