5 member team to probe onion scam

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Just days after the Delhi Government dismissed media reports about irregularities in procurement of onions as ‘false’, TIMES NOW has learnt that the Delhi Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has decided to probe the alleged scam. A five-member team has been formed to probe the procurement process. On 21 September, the Arvind Kejrival led AAP government sought to clarify that it is providing onions to the people of Delhi at subsidized rates. The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (NAFED) has alleged that there is a huge difference between the procurement cost and the price at which the AAP government sold onions to Delhiites. Media reports had said that Delhi government had procured onions at Rs 18/kg and was selling it at Rs 30/kg. In a statement it claimed that onions were procured through Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium, SFAC, at Rs 32.86/kg and, after adding transportation and other charges, the total cost of the commodity came to Rs 40/kg . The statement further said that to provide onion to the consumers at affordable rate the city government decided to give subsidy of Rs 10/kg and started the sale of onions through 280 fair price shops and mobile vans at Rs 30/kg.

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