Delhi markets raided to check onion hoarding

January 10th, 2011 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) Raids were conducted at different locations across Delhi, including the wholesale Azadpur Mandi, and its suburbs Monday as part of a nation-wide crackdown to counter the hoarding of onions in the wake of its rising prices.According to IT department officials, the premises of wholesale traders across Delhi and the National Capital Region were checked. Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi was one of the main locations to be raided.

However, there was no word of officials coming across any instances of onions being hoarded.

According to Rajan Sharma, general secretary of the Chamber of Azadpur Fruit and Vegetable Traders, the raids began at 9 a.m. He said that no trader was found to be stocking onions.

“Around 10 to 15 traders were raided here, but no one was found to be holding any stock,” Sharma told IANS.

Onion prices shot up across the country after crops in Nashik in Maharashtra were spoilt due to heavy rains. The authorities are now trying to nail any possible hoarding which may further aggravate prices.

The IT department had last week conducted similar survey operations in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and few other states.

The wholesale price of onion is around Rs.40-47 per kg in wholesale and Rs.55-60 per kg in retail in the national capital.

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