New Delhi : Government announced a slew of measures, including raids on hoarders, to put a brake on spiraling prices of essential commodities like onions and potatoes in Delhi.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who held a meeting with Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and other senior officers, said steps have been taken to ensure reasonable prices of onions. Prices of onions have increased to over Rs.30 a kg in the retail market in Delhi as against Rs 21 a kg last month and potatoes are being sold for Rs.28 a kg as against around Rs.22 a kg.

“As a follow up of the instructions for raiding suspected hoarders, as many as 540 places were already searched,” Singh told reporters, adding 1082 raids were carried out last month.

The national capital is under President’s rule and administratively under the control of the Home Ministry at present.

 The Home Minister said he has directed that the drive against hoarding should be continued to provide maximum relief to the general public.

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