Governor asks officials to check hoarding of onions, potatoes

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2014 10:00 IST

UT administrator Shivraj Patil on Friday directed officials to take immediate measures against hoarding and black marketing of onions, potatoes and other essential commodities with an aim to check the rising trend in inflation.

Patil convened an emergency meeting in pursuance of communication received from Ajit Seth, cabinet secretary, government of India, with regard to checking the rise in inflation - particularly in food grains - with prices of some essential commodities including onions and potatoes.

Deputy commissioner (DC) VP Singh also held a meeting with officers of food and supplies, market committee and Manimajra Cooperative Society to check the rise of essential commodities later.

He directed the secretary, market committee, to start maintaining a register of arrivals of agriculture produce on a daily basis and send a daily report of sale and purchase of agriculture produce, especially onion and potatoes.

He further told to arrange an immediate meeting of wholesale dealers dealing in essential commodities, onion and potatoes with secretary of food supplies and consumer affairs.

The DC also emphasised that the market committee secretary would supply the wholesale rate of agriculture produce, especially onion and potatoes, including wheat and rice and the DFSO would arrange its retail prices on a daily basis.

A committee will be constituted under the leadership of sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) comprising officials of food and supplies department, market committee, and station house officer (SHO) concerned for making surprise inspections to ensure that availability of onion in the market is adequate and the onions or potatos stored, if any, in the UT are released timely.

The DC also asked the manager of the Manimajra Cooperative Marketing-cum-Processing Society to open a retail outlet at Grain Market immediately and sell onions at control/wholesale rates.

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