New Delhi, Sep 24: Delhi government on Tuesday requested the Centre to supply five truck loads of onion daily to check price-rise.
Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain held a high level meeting with the Chief Secretary of Delhi, Commissioner Food and Supplies, Vice Chairman (DAMB), Special Secretary (Finance), Special Secretary (Planning) and senior officers of the Revenue Department, DSCSC and the Development Department to review the rising prices of onion and steps being taken by the Delhi government for procurement and distributing of onion at affordable prices for residents of Delhi.
Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, who is the Chairman of Price Stabilization Fund Management Committee (PSFMC), constituted by the Delhi government to suggest market intervention for checking the prices of essential commodities, informed that significant steps have being taken to effectively and timely deal with the situation of retail prices of onion, Delhi Government said in a statement.
Delhi Government is shortly going to sell onion at highly subsidized rate of Rs 23.90 per kg from its 390 fair price shops and 80 mobile vans. DSCSC informed that it had already floated a short-term tender for shortlisting transporters for transporting onion from NAFED godowns to fair price shops and for sale of onion through mobile vans in various parts of Delhi. The tender is likely to be finalised by October 4.
The Chief Secretary, however, stressed that time is of essence in the current situation, the selection process of transporters must be completed by all means and distribution of onions started by Saturday, the 28th September so that much-needed relief and succour to the people of Delhi reeling under the soaring prices of onion can be provided.
The Food Commissioner said the Delhi Government had already requested the Central Government to start supplying five truck loads of onion daily through NAFED. This supply could be further increased depending upon the requirement of onion in Delhi. (UNI)