As prices of tomatoes and onions skyrocketed in the national capital, the Delhi government on Friday ordered daily inspections to check hoarding in wholesale and retail markets.

Delhi Minister of Food and Supply Imran Hussain reviewed rising retail prices of tomatoes and onions with the commissioner, food and civil supplies, and other senior officers of the department.
He expressed concern over the rising prices and directed the officers to take effective action against hoarders and black-marketers.

Hussain told the food and civil supplies department to carry out intense inspections of wholesale markets such as Azadpur mandi, Okhla mandi, Ghazipur mandi and Keshopur mandi. The minister also directed inspection of retail markets in different parts of Delhi.

“Directions were issued to send teams consisting of officers from market intelligence cell, enforcement branch and circle offices of the food and civil supplies department to the markets on daily basis,” a statement issued by the Delhi government said.

The commissioner said the services of Delhi agricultural marketing board would also be requisitioned for effective action against hoarding activities, the statement said.

“The teams shall also visit godowns of the wholesalers. Special authorisation may be issued by the food and civil supplies department to the officers for carrying out these inspections. Area SHOs may also be informed about the constitution of teams for surprise inspections for necessary operational support,” the statement said.

Hussain directed the food and civil supplies department to send inspection reports on a daily basis for his perusal.