Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain on Tuesday guided authorities to do serious inspections in wholesale markets to check hoarding of tomatoes and onions whose prices have gone up.

The Aam Aadmi Party government has constituted different groups of officers of food and civil supplies department and guided them to present a day by day give an account of prices of tomatoes and onions in wholesale markets.

The bearings were issued in a survey meeting with the Food and Civil Supplies Commissioner and other senior officers. Retail prices of tomatoes have shot up from Rs 68 for every kg on July 3 to Rs 100 for each kg on 31st July while its wholesale prices stay at around Rs 62 for every kg.

In the mean time, retail prices of onions have expanded from Rs 21 to Rs. 27 for each kg amid the period from, July 3, 2017, to July 31, 2017. Wholesale prices of onions fluctuated between Rs 3.75 for every kg to Rs 20 for each kg on July 31, 2017.

Groups of officers from the Market Intelligence Cell, Enforcement Branch and Circle Offices of the Food and Civil Supplies Department will be constituted. They will visit these markets every day.

Since the food things achieve the wholesale mandis during the evening, from around 3.00 am from where the things are sold out by early morning to retail markets, it was coordinated that the groups should visit the mandis from 3:00 am to 7:00 am.

This immense variety amongst retail and wholesale prices demonstrates that the likelihood of hoarding of these commodities can’t be discounted.

Inspections will be done in all vegetable wholesale markets, for example, Azadpur Mandi, Okhla Mandi, Ghazipur Mandi and Keshopur Mandi. As indicated by a government, retail price of tomato was Rs. 68 for each kg on July 3, yet it rose to Rs. 92 on July 31.