Minister orders action against onion hoarders

Retail price of bulb crosses ₹80/kg

Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain on Wednesday held a review meeting over the high price of onions in the city and directed officials to intensify actions to check hoarding of the bulb. The retail price of onion in Delhi has risen by 45% in the past week to ₹80/kg. The rate stood at ₹55/kg on October 1.

During the meeting, Commissioner of Food and Supplies (CFS) informed the Minister that the unexpected rise in prices of onion is mainly due to heavy rain and labourers taking leave during Diwali and Chhath Puja, which disrupted transport of onions. This in turn resulted in shortage of onions in the wholesale markets of Delhi.

“The Minister [Mr. Hussain] has directed the CFS to immediately ensure re-commencement of the door-step retailing of onions as done in September and October. The Minister also directed that National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd may be requested to supply 10 truck-loads of onion on a daily basis to Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation,” an official statement said.

Mr. Hussain said the government is closely and regularly monitoring and reviewing the prices of onion and is committed to make onion and other essential commodities available at affordable prices in the Capital.

(With PTI inputs)

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