Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday directed Chief Secretary D M Spolia to take immediate short-term measures to ensure the stablisation of onion prices. Spolia was also instructed to suggest measures to prevent such fluctuations in the future.
Dikshits directions came after onion prices soared to at least Rs 80 on Wednesday in some areas in Delhi. Spolia chaired a meeting to discuss issues related to the rise in onion prices.
The meeting was attended by the Commissioner (Food & Civil Supplies) and Vice-chairman,Delhi Agriculture Marketing Board (DAMB) and it was decided that the city government would now arrange sale of onions at reasonable prices through 150 mobile vans from August 17,instead of 50 announced earlier, a senior government official said.
The city government will arrange the sale of onions at a reasonable price on a no-profit,no-loss basis. We also believe onions from Alwar will arrive in a couple of days,which will ease the situation, Dikshit said.
The Chief Minister had also written to a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar requesting him to curtail export of onions.
Sources stated that due to heavy rains,traffic had been disrupted resulting in a shortage of onions in and around Delhi. It was reported in the meeting that there had been an adequate supply of onion in Delhi around 2,200 tonnes during last few days. It was also stated in the meeting that due to restrictions on movement of trucks at inter-state borders because of Independence Day security,the arrival in Delhi has also been affected substantially, a senior official said.