New Delhi: Delhi food and civil supplies minister Imran Hussain on Friday expressed concern over reports of rising retail prices of pulses and sugar and directed his department officials to daily inspect the city’s markets.
The officials of the department, however, informed the minister that prices of pulses and sugar were “stable” in the national capital.
“Mr Hussain reviewed the retail prices situation of pulses and sugar. He expressed concern over media reports regarding rising retail prices of pulses and sugar. The department informed that the prices of pulses and sugar are stable in Delhi,” a government statement said.
The meeting was attended by officials of the marketing and intelligence cell, food and civil supplies department. “There was no price rise either in the wholesale market or in the retail market. Marketing and intelligence cell continuously checks the wholesale as well as retail prices regularly,” the department officials told the minister.
Mr Hussain directed the department to carry out inspections of the wholesale markets — Azadpur Mandi, Okhla Mandi, Ghazipur Mandi, Keshopur Mandi.
He also directed inspection of retail markets across the capital as well. The minister also instructed that teams be sent comprising officials from market intelligence cell, enforcement branch and circle offices of the food and civil supplies department to these markets on a daily basis, it said.
The civil supplies minister also sought daily inspection reports and prompt information about hike in prices of pulses and sugar, it added.