New Delhi: Amid shooting prices, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Delhi government will start selling onions at ₹23.9 per kg from Saturday.
"One person can get maximum 5 kg onions for their family," said Kejriwal.
This, while the states have been asked to send their requirements to Union Consumer Affairs Ministry if they are facing any shortages, IANS reported. "The demand for any quantity will be fulfilled immediately," tweeted Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
"To augment onion supplies to the markets, a team of two joint secretary-level officers have been sent to Maharashtra to talk to the farmers, traders and transporters to assess the availability of onions and to persuade them to bring more onions to the market," Paswan said in a series of tweets.
Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Tripura and Odisha are reported to have demanded onions from the Centre. "Nafed sent 10 trucks of onions to Haryana yesterday and another 5 trucks are being sent today as per their demand. The Delhi government has also demanded 4 trucks of onions Saturday onwards and these is being made available to them," the tweet added.
Nafed, which holds the Central buffer, has been directed to distribute onions in Delhi through stores of Safal, Mother Dairy, the National Cooperative Consumers' Federation (NCCF) and its own outlets at a fixed rate of not more than ₹24 per kilo.