400 outlets to sell onions at Rs.40 a kg in Delhi

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and attended by senior officials and members of the Azadpur wholesale market.

The sale of onions started Thursday evening at the 400 outlets, 85 Kendriya Bhandar selected shops, five NAFED outlets and 13 of the NCCF (National Cooperative Consumers Federation of India).

"Any buyer can purchase two kg onions. The city government will review the situation to provide more relief to the common man by further slashing onion rates," Dikshit told reporters after the meeting.

Dikshit had instructed the officers to keep a constant eye on price of onions in the city.
"It was informed that availability of onions in Azadpur Mandi has improved. It was 1,144 tonnes on Dec 21, 1,941 tonne on Dec 22 and 1,245 tonnes this (Thursday) morning. It is likely to be around 2,000 tonnes today (Thursday)," she said.

According to the city government, raids conducted by teams of Food & Supply Department and Office of the Development Commissioner have resulted in increased availability of onions in the wholesale market.

Dikshit said all arrangements have been made to ensure un-interrupted sale of onions.
Rejecting reports about shortage of tomatoes in Delhi, Delhi Public Works Department Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said: "In Azadpur wholesale market today (Thursday), 153 tonnes of tomatoes remained unsold."

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