Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved the proposal of the Food and Civil Supplies Department for direct retailing of onions by Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (DSCSCL) through Fair Price Shops (FPS) and Mobile Vans. The Delhi Government has ensured adequate supply as on Monday the Cabinet directed Food and Civil Supplies department to augment supply of subsidised onions.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed the Commissioner, Food and Civil Supplies to intensify the enforcement activities by making regular field inspections and carrying out enforcement activities in order to check the instances of hoardings, black-marketing, profiteering. “The Enforcement Teams will also check the implementation of stock limits prescribed for the onions and violators may strictly be proceeded against as per provisions of law” a senior official said.
Chief Secretary Vijay Dev has issued an order that sufficient staff should be put on duty for enforcement of strict action against hoarding and profiteering.
Meanwhile, the AAP Government also directed the Food and Civil Supplies department and DSCSC to increase number of mobile vans. “At least one mobile van should be provided in each ward of Municipal Corporation of Delhi,” an official said.
The Food and Civil Supplies Department through DSCSC had already started distributing subsidized onions from September 28th to public of Delhi through fair price shops and mobile vans in Delhi after procuring it from NAFED on the directions of the Chief Minister.
Earlier, the Delhi Cabinet has approved the proposal for procurement of onion at Rs 15. 60 per kg from the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India(NAFED) and then sell the onion through its FPS outlets and mobile vans at Rs 23.90 per kg.
The Cabinet also approved payment of margin money at the rate of Rs 4 per kg to the FPS dealers for making available onion to the general public. The Cabinet also directed Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation and Food and Supplies Department to engage adequate transport for ensuring regular and timely supply of onion to the fair price shops and also through the mobile vans.
Food and Civil supplies Minister Imran Hussain informed that the various steps taken by the government such as making subsidized onions available to the people of Delhi, has helped in keeping the prices of onion in check to a great extent. Delhi Government will continue to provide subsidised onions till the time the onion prices in Delhi stabilise.