Delhi government has described the report published by a media house ‘falsely’ accusing it of selling onions at an inflated price ‘misleading and defamatory.’ The government has vowed to take legal actions against the ‘culprit’ media houses.
In a statement, the government said, “it has been brought to the notice of Delhi Government that false, misleading and defamatory news items have appeared in sections of the print media, which are also being aired by some TV news channels about pricing of procurement of onions.
“Delhi Government strongly denies these malicious reports and condemns desperate attempts by a section of the media to create confusion in the minds of the people.”
It added that the government was appealing to public “not to pay heed to such rumours of false, motivated, concocted mischievous information which may have the effect of disturbing honest and bonafide functioning of the Government.”
Documents accessed by jantakareporter.com on Sunday had revealed that Delhi government had procured onions through Small Farmers, Agri Business Consortium (SFAC), an agency of the Government of India, functioning under the Union Agriculture Ministry at little over Rs 32 per kg.
The statement said that the governnent had to incur various other costs over and above the procurement cost.
It said, “SFAC has clearly indicated the average cost of onions will Rs 32.86 per kg that was needed to be borne by the Delhi Government from the time of its procurement in the mandis of Nasik till their receipt in the godowns in Delhi.
“Thereafter, the costs of transportation till the sale outlets, loading and unloading charges, margin money to be provided to the retail outlet owners etc was to be added. This entire process cost Delhi Government around Rs 40/- per kg.”
Delhi government said it decided to provide onions to the people strictly on a “No-profit basis.”
“Thereafter, when it was observed that prices continued to soar in the open market, in order to provide much needed relief to economically weaker sections of the society, Delhi Government decided to provide a subsidy of Rs 10 per kg and brought down the onion price to Rs 30 per kg,” a Delhi government spokesperson said.
While the onion crisis was affecting the masses, Delhi government also wrote to the Maharashtra government to ‘prevent onion hoarding at nasik (copy of the letter below)
Delhi government was the first government in the country to sell onions at Rs 30 per kg, which it said had triggered a downward spiral in the prices of onions in the open market.
“It is worth mentioning here that SAFAL outlets which procured onion through NAFED, have not been able to sell onions even at the rate of Rs 30/- per kg,” said Delhi government spokesperson.
Urging people to not take ‘such mischievous and motivated reporting,’Delhi government said it planned to take necessary action against ‘such false reports which appear to have been deliberately carried out to confuse the public and defame the government.’