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Govt plans to wipe tears as onion prices rise unabated

Concerned over escalating prices of onion, the Delhi government on Tuesday said it is considering setting up of outlets across the city to make it available to the residents at reasonable rates.
Delhi development minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said the city government is keeping a close eye on the rising onion prices across the city. ‘We may open stalls, like we did before, to make available onions at reasonable rates in case prices continue to soar,’ Chauhan, who looks after functioning of wholesale vegetable and fruit markets in the city, said.

Chauhan further informed that chief minister Sheila Dikshit has issued direction to take action against hoarders and black-marketeers of onion.
Prices of onion have increased to Rs 45 to Rs 50 per kg in the retail market against Rs 20 per kg couple of weeks back. The price of onion had touched Rs 40 in retail markets in mid-July also but it had come down after supply was normalised.

‘We are concerned about the rising prices of onion. The government would not like to leave people at the whims of hoarders and black-marketeers. The government has enough machinery to foil their design,’ he said.

Wholesale onion prices at Azadpur vegetable and fruits market have gone upto Rs 32.50 per KG
Chauhan admitted that there has been decline in supply of onion in the wholesale markets which resulted escalation of price. The daily demand of onion in Delhi ranges between 400 and 600 tonnes.
‘The city had got 3,884 tonnes of onion in the first six days of August against 4513.5 in the same period last year,’ he said.
Chauhan said heavy rains in onion producing states such as Maharashtra have affected supply.
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