The Delhi government on Monday reviewed measures to control prices of essential commodities, at a high-level meeting chaired by the Finance secretary.
The Food and Supplies department has been directed to increase the number of government premises where onions and potatoes are being sold at reasonable rates. Currently, these commodities are being sold at 70 government premises at the rate of Rs 22 per kg. “This move will be in addition to the 70 mobile vans, which are currently operational and cover more than 250 locations every day…All HODs of government departments have been directed to provide suitable space and manpower for this purpose,” a senior government official said.
The meeting was also attended by Manoj Parida, Administrator of National Co-operative Federation of India (NFFC), who informed the meeting that the NCCF will run three mobile vans and will also open shops at five locations for sale of onions and potatoes.
Food and Supplies department has also been asked to step-up efforts to sell onions and potatoes at wholesale rates, through Fair Price Shops (FPS). “More than 288 FPSs have already been identified for this purpose and more shops are being identified. Onions and potatoes at whole sale prices will soon be made available for this purpose by Delhi Agricultural Marketing Board,” the official said.
Pradipta Sahoo, Business Head of SAFAL, also attended the meeting and said SAFAL would sell onions and potatoes on “No Profit – No Loss” basis for the next three months at 380 outlets in Delhi. “This will reduce prices of both commodities in SAFAL outlets and make them available at reasonable rates,” the official said.
Meanwhile, officials of the Delhi Grain Merchants Association met Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday and offered full support to the Delhi government to help control prices food grains and pulses.