Centre has asked states to enforce stock limit on onions and strengthen anti-hoarding measures to ensure its availability. Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan wrote a letter to Chief Ministers in this regard. The Minister also reviewed the supply and the price situation of onion at a high level meeting in New Delhi in the wake of soaring prices of kitchen staple. Talking to reporters after the meeting, he said steps taken to import onion and curb its exports will help control the rising prices.
Terming the price rise as a temporary phenomena, the Minister said there is no shortage of onion in the country but hoarders are trying to take advantage of the situation. AIR correspondent reports that later, Secretary Consumer Affairs also had a meeting with the officers of different departments and Delhi Government as well as representatives of other agencies including NAFED and Mother Dairy.
During the meeting it was decided to set up surveillance teams to inspect onion distribution centres in Delhi to check on availiability and prices. The meeting agreed to constitute a core team of officials for video conferencing with the states to ascertain their requirements and also the modalities of sending the stocks and mechanism of retail distribution.
Besides, the modalities of import of Tur and Urad Dal were also discussed. Price stabilisation fund management committee will meet tomorrow to finalise the tender of Urad Dal. As reagrds Tur Dal, it is already been shipped. It was also decided to hold review meetings twice a week to stock of the situation.