Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has added another item to the list of ‘unaccounted duties’ that the city police must perform for Delhiites: assist in controlling spiralling vegetable prices across wholesale markets.
Though it may seem odd at first — how can the police possibly help balance vegetable prices — senior police officials said their presence was required to discuss the law enforcement issues attached to bringing down potato, tomato and onion prices.
These consist of steps ranging from cracking down on local hoarders to allowing uninterrupted passage to trucks carrying the three essential vegetable commodities as and when required.
“Trucks carrying stockpiles of these supplies cannot be treated as normal goods carriers and cannot be subject to normal plying timings,” said a police officer.
Jung will meet a senior police official to hash out the details on Friday. They will also discuss police deployment, traffic issues and possible action on local hoarders.
Recently, Jung had asked several central agencies to build stocks of tomatoes, potatoes and onions, which were to be transported to the Capital in batches from adjacent states.
These are then to be injected into the steady stream of wholesale vegetables stock across several prominent markets in a bid to keep prices static. The Delhi police is expected to help facilitate the travel route of these trucks.
“The local police also need to be asked to gather intelligence about hoarders in their areas so that action can be taken against them. These are just some of the modalities which will be ironed out in the meeting on Friday,” added the officer.