The department of food and supplies and consumer affairs will open four low-price stalls at fair price shops to sell onions and potatoes on a no profit and no loss basis beginning Friday.
These fair price shops are - Thakur Karyana Store, Mauli Jagran, SS General Store, Super Market, Sector 46, Eknoor Karyana Store, Sector 37D, and Laxmi Self Help Group and EWS Flats, Dhanas.
The department will also increase the number of such stalls in other parts of the city. This was announced by Punjab gover nor and Chandigarh administrator Shivraj V Patil during a meeting of senior officers of UT administration here on Thursday.
Patil asked officers of food and supply department and Manimajra Cooperative Society to arrange a mobile van to sell these items from sector-to-sector, and also make announcements to create awareness among the general public.
He further asked them to maintain a record of arrival of onions and potatoes, and their retail and wholesale market rates.
The administrator said three sub-divisional level committees had already been constituted comprising sub-divisional magistrates (SDM), station house officers (SHOs), food supply inspector, mandi supervisor and marketing supervisor to check rates and storage of these items.
He also gave directions to the police department to do surprise checking in civil clothes to check storage and rates of these items.
Balbir Singh Dhol, joint secretary of Agriculture Marketing Board, ensured the administrator that they would work according to his expectations and apprised him that they were receiving onions from Rajasthan, Nasik and Indore.
In the coming days, the arrival of these items would increase and their rates would further reduce, Dhol added.