Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who held a meeting with Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and other senior officers, said steps have been taken to ensure reasonable prices of onions. (JPN/Agencies)
Prices of onions have increased to over Rs 30 a kg in the retail market in Delhi as against Rs 21 a kg last month and potatoes are being sold for Rs 28 a kg as against around Rs 22 a kg.
The national capital is under President's rule and administratively under the control of the Home Ministry at present.
Blaming the previous UPA regime for the price rise, Singh said, "UPA-II derailed our country's economy. Now it will take some time to bring it on track. We are confident of doing so and we are committed to ensure that prices do not rise".
He said UPA-I had taken advantage of the achievements of the Atal Bihar Vajpayee-led NDA government when the growth rate was above eight percent.
"The effect of that growth rate remained for 3-4 years," he said.
Singh said the number of mobile vans selling essential commodities will be increased from existing 60 to 200 and the number of outlets selling onions (at Rs 20 a kg) and potatoes (at Rs 18 a kg) in government premises will be increased from 40 to 300.
Singh said Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami has spoken to NAFED and Agriculture Secretary to ensure availability of essential commodities besides chalking out a contingency plan for two months beginning July 15 to September 15 so that there is no increase in prices because of the shortfall in supplies in items like onions and potatoes.
The Home Minister said he has directed the Delhi government to launch intensive awareness drive for general public asking them to procure potatoes and onions from shops opened within government premises and also government mobile vans.
Rajnath orders crack down on hoarders
The Home Minister has directed massive crackdown against hoarding of essential commodities including onion and potatoes in Delhi and asked the administration to take steps to control price rise.
"As a follow up of the instructions for raiding suspected hoarders, as many as 540 places were already searched today," Singh told reporters, adding 1082 raids were carried out last month.
Singh took stock of the price situation in the national capital and directed that every step should be taken to control the prices of essential commodities and strong action should be taken against hoarders.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who held a meeting with Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and other senior officers, said steps have been taken to ensure reasonable prices of onions.