Special Correspondent

Red gram, Bengal gram worth Rs. 1.5 crore seized

ONGOLE: Civil Supplies officials have raided dal mills, cold storage units, wholesale and retail shops and seized red gram and black gram worth Rs. 1.68 crores till now in a bid to check hoarding and to control open market price.

Speaking to newspersons here today, Joint Collector Siddhartha Jain said retailers are permitted to stock only 40 quintals and wholesalers 1,000 quintals and they should take permission of civil supplies officials before storing their produce in cold storage units.

Sale of onion

He convened a meeting of retail and wholesale dealers who promised to sell red gram at Rs. 28 a kg. As the open market price of red gram rose to Rs. 55 a kg officials swung into action to check hoarding and bring down market price of pulses.

He said they received 516 quintals of onions for sale at Rs. 7 a kg through rytu bazaars.

They have sold 257 quintals till now through rytu bazaars at Ongole, Chirala and Kandukur. Arrangements are being made to sell onions at Markapur too.

He said white and pink card holders would be supplied 1.5 kg each.

As there are enough stocks, he expressed confidence to meet the demand and control the price.