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150 mobile vans to sell onions at cheaper rates across Delhi

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 19, 2013
First Published: 02:21 IST(19/9/2013) | Last Updated: 02:23 IST(19/9/2013)

In a bid to check the crisis caused by spiralling onion prices, the Delhi government has decided to sell onions at a flat rate of Rs. 60 per kg. A total of 150 mobile vans will be supplying the vegetable across the city.

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In a meeting chaired by food and supplies minister, Haroon Yusuf and development minister, Raj Kumar Chauhan, it was decided that onions will now be sold in Delhi at Rs. 60 per kg to provide relief from the escalating prices. This is the second time that the government is stepping in to tackle the crisis in the last one month.

“We have been keeping a very close watch on the prices of onions on a day-to-day basis. We are attempting to keep a check on the spiralling retail prices because of which we will sell onions through mobile vans,” said Yusuf.

Officials attributed the rise in prices to a meagre supply of onions in the wholesale market caused by a lower harvest in the southern states.

“This is a very temporary phase. The harvest from the southern states had been damaged because of which there is a supply gap. Since Delhi does not grow onions, we are dependent heavily on produce from other states such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat,” said Raj Kumar Chauhan.

The government has received several complaints of hoarding in the supply chain. Officials claimed that they would soon come down heavily on hoarders.

“We have received complaints of hoarding. We are taking cognisance of these complaints and will take strict action against those found guilty of hoarding onions and causing this artificial drop in supply,” Yusuf said.

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