Delhi government has conducted raids at around 550 premises and seized 12,000 quintal of illegal stock of pulses and rice the day after the Union government has instructed the states to check urgent measures to ensure proper supply of essential commodities.
As per S.S Yadav, Commissioner of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs, illegal stock has been preempted and FIR under Essential Commodities Act, 1955 has been lodged against 104 people who are mostly wholesale and retail traders.
A team of Fifty two senior officials from the Department of Food & Supply have conducted these raids with the support of Delhi police against the hoarders of commodities like onions, potatoes, pulses, edible oil, edible oil seeds, etc. These raids were conducted in foresight of artificial crisis of these items created by traders.
It has been estimated that with around 12,000 quintal of food grain taken out of the market can cause backlash and hit the supply chain in near future which may lead to increase in the prices of pulses and rice to which the officials have commented that the confiscated items will be released back to market at the earliest.
The sources have informed that the most number of catches came from areas like Alipur in Outer Delhi where big godowns located and there are maximum numbers of such godowns in North and North West Delhi on open farm lands.