City Govt seeks more onions from Centre for distribution in Capital

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City Govt seeks more onions from Centre for distribution in Capital

Friday, 08 November 2019 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

While onion is essential ingredient in Indian cuisine, the Delhi Government demanded more onions from the Centre for distribution amid soaring price.

The retail price of onion is Rs 90 per kg in city.

The retail price of onions has risen by 45 per cent in the past week to Rs 80 per kg in the national Capital. The rate stood at Rs 55 per kg on October 1, according to official data.

"We have demanded more onions from the Centre. A letter has been written to the Centre in this regard. The onions will be distributed in the city as soon as it is delivered to us, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.

On Wednesday, the Delhi Government directed officials to resume doorstep sale of onions.

Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain on Wednesday held a meeting with his department officers to review the issue of "sudden and unexplained" rise in onion prices.

Hussain had also directed agencies to work in coordination with each other to ensure timely and adequate supply of onions through mobile vans.

He also sought daily action taken reports from the commissioner for regular monitoring of onion price in Delhi and directed to strengthen enforcement activities to check hoarding and black-marketing in coordination with agencies concerned.

"The Minister observed that the earlier initiative of making onions available  to the general public by Delhi Government in September and October was well received and appreciated. This initiative had also led to the fall and stabilisation of retail prices of onion," the statement stated.

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