Onion prices in wholesale markets is down: Delhi govt

Delhi government on Tuesday claimed that the price of onions has come down in the wholesale markets in the national Capital.

A senior official said that the change in onion rates comes after the government’s intervention which will further bring down the price of the kitchen staple in the city.

The onion rates were Rs 43.50 per kg and maximum Rs 50 per kg on Tuesday whereas on Monday the price was Rs 45.50 and <g data-gr-id="15">maximum</g> was Rs 55 a kg, the official said.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister Asim Ahmed Khan has also written a letter to the Maharashtra government to curb hoarding and black marketing of onions so that its availability in the open market could be increased. In his letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Khan said: 

“Undesirable elements should not be allowed to take undue advantage of the situation arising out of shortage of onions.” 

On Monday, a meeting was called by the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) with the members of Potato and Onion Merchants Association (POMA) to discuss the situation. The government is maintaining a close watch on the onion price situation in the open market. AAP government has also decided to continue selling onions at Rs 30 a kg at the Fair Price Shops and through mobile vans, till the price situation normalises.
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