As part of its efforts to check prices, the Delhi government is planning to use liquor outlets in the capital to sell onions and potatoes.
The idea was put forth by the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIIDC) at a meeting to discuss ways to contain prices of onions and potatoes, a government official said.
The meeting was chaired by the Principal Secretary (Finance) here today.
Almost 250 locations in various government premises have been identified for setting up temporary shops to sell onions and potatoes on wholesale rates.
In addition, the Delhi Jal Board will sell the vegetables at wholesale rates at 25 locations and SDMs at 33 locations.
Among other departments, the Excise department will set up 15 stalls and the Public Works Department (PWD) 25.
Three municipal corporations will also sell onions and potatoes at various earmarked locations.
The National Co-operative Federation of India (NFFC) will be running three mobile vans and will also open shops at five locations for sale of onions and potatoes.
The Principal Secretary (Finance) also directed the Commissioner (Food and Supplies) to step up efforts for sale of the vegetables at the wholesale rates through fair price shops (FPS).
More than 288 FPS have already been identified for this purpose and more shops are being identified. At present, these are being sold at 70 government premises at the rate of Rs 22 per kg.