The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday rubbished reports that the Delhi government sold onions to Delhiites at Rs 30 a kg after procuring it at around Rs 18 a kg even as it claimed to offer the bulbs to people at a subsidised rate.
According to a reply to RTI queries, accessed by Mail Today daily, the Delhi government bought onions at a price of Rs 18/kg and sold it to Delhiites at Rs 30/kg, the India Today reported.
The RTI documents revealed that the Delhi government had allegedly purchased 2,511 metric tonne onions from Small Farmers' Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) at an average price of Rs 18.57/kg, including cess and other local expenses, but sold it at Rs 30/kg. It further says that onions were purchased from various markets in Nashik, Maharashtra and Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
Aap leader Ashutosh, however, claimed that the Delhi government bought onions from SFAC, which comes under the central government, at Rs 32.86/kg. He further said that the Nashik wholesale market sold the onions to SFAC, not to the AAP government.
"Central govt agency SFAC sold onion to Delhi Govt at Rs 32.86 Challenge anyone to disprove this. Media should verify before running," Ashutosh said in a tweet on Sunday.
"Another manipulation in the onion RTI story : the Nasik Mandi didn't sold onion to delhi govt but to central agency SFAC in 18rs/Kg," he said in another tweet.
Quoting from RTI documents, ANI reported that the SFAC bought onions from Nahisk at Rs 18 per kg and sold it to Delhi government at Rs 32 per kg.
1. RTI copy says SFAC purchased it on 18rs/kg. 2. Copy of SFAC letter to delhi govt, sold same onion in 32rs/Kg. pic.twitter.com/f7uEuFQFtf
— Ashutosh Mishra (@ashu3page) September 20, 2015
Ashutosh has asked Mail Today and Aaj Tak to apologise for carrying "wrong and malicious story" or prove their allegations against the Delhi government.
AAJTAK and Mail Today should apologise for running a wrong story or prove that AAP GOVT has bought onion from Nasik at Rs18.
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) September 20, 2015
The Arvind Kejriwal government had said that it procured onions at Rs 32.86/kg and additional Rs 7/kg was added due to surcharge, transportation cost and local expenses. However, it decided to subsidise the cost of onions by Rs 10/kg and sold it at Rs 30/kg.