The Delhi cabinet, in its meeting on Monday morning chaired by the Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal directed the Food and Civil Supplies Department and the Delhi States Civil Supplies Corporation (DSCSC) to augment the supply of subsidised onions throughout Delhi in anticipation of the increased demand post Navratras.
The cabinet also directed the Department and DSCSC to increase the number of mobile vans. Atleast one mobile van should be provided in each ward of Municipal Corporation of Delhi i.e. 4 to 6 mobile vans in each Assembly Constituency of Delhi.
The Chief Minister directed the Commissioner, Food and Civil Supplies to intensify the enforcement activities by making regular field inspections and carrying out enforcement activities in order to check the instances of hoardings, black-marketing, profiteering. The Enforcement Teams will also check the implementation of stock limits prescribed for the onions and violators may strictly be proceeded against as per provisions of law.
The Cabinet approved the proposal of the Food and Civil Supplies Department for direct retailing of onion by Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. through Fair Price Shops and Mobile Vans.
The Food and Civil Supplies Department through its Corproration DSCSC had already started distributing subsidized onions from September 28th to public of Delhi through fair price shops and mobile vans in Delhi after procuring it from NAFED on the directions of the Chief Minister.
The Cabinet approved the proposal for procurement of onion @ Rs 15. 60 per kg from NAFED and sale of onion through its FPS outlets and mobile vans @ Rs. 23.90 per kg. The Cabinet also approved payment of margin money at the rate of rupees Rs four per kg to the fair price shop dealers for making available onion to the general public. The Cabinet also directed Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation and Food and Supplies Department to engage adequate transport for ensuring regular and timely supply of onion to the fair price shops and also through the mobile vans.
The Cabinet lauded the efforts of Food and Supplies Department and Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation for ensuring in a very short period of time that the onion are available to the public of Delhi at subsidized price thus bringing relief and succor to them from the soaring prices of onion. The initiative of Food and Supplies Department and DSCSC to sell subsidized onion through to select 390 fair price shops and 70 mobile vans w.e.f. 28 September 2019 has helped in keeping the onion prices in retail market and wholesale market under check for the past 10 days.
The Cabinet directed to increase the supply of onions. It directed Food and Supplies Department and DSCSC to ensure that now onwards mobile vans are sent to each of the Municipal Wards in Delhi besides also ensuring their supply in NDMC and Cantonment areas.
Food and Civil supplies Minister Mr Imran Hussain informed that the various steps taken by the government such as making subsidized onions available to the people of Delhi, has helped in keeping the prices of onion in check to a great extent. Delhi Government will continue to provide subsidized onions till the time the onion prices in Delhi stabilize.
Chief Secretary Mr Vijay Dev directed Commissioner Food &Civil Supplies and the Divisional Commissioner to deploy sufficient staff for the purpose of distribution of subsidized onions through mobile vans.
The Chief Secretary applauded the efforts of the Department and DSCSC to put in a mechanism at a very short notice and making available the subsidised onions throughout Delhi. The momentum built-in has to be maintained and rather strengthened to meet the increased demand post-Navratra season. Enhanced manpower deployment, increased mobile vans, intensified enforcement activities against hoarding, black-marketing and profiteering will definitely help in making subsidized onions available to all alongwith keeping the prices in retail and wholesale market under control.