Delhi Merchants against buying of fresh stocks in view of raids

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New Delhi, Apr 23 (UNI) Delhi Grain Merchants Association and ten other associations have decided to stop buying fresh stocks from outside the capital as Delhi government was ''discouraging them to keep stocks by continuing raids on traders''.

They also denied their role in the increase in wholesale price index as the cost of grains including dal, besan and sugar was less than other states like Madhya Pardesh and Rajasthan.

The decision of not going in for fresh buying was taken at meeting of the Grain Merchant Association, Dal and Besan Miller Association and nine other associations here.

''Prices of wheat and various dals including chana have increased by about Re one yesterday. Delhi Grain merchants have almost finished off their stocks and have not ordered fresh stocks due to unnecessary harassment by Delhi government,'' said President Dal and Besan Miller Association Ashok Gupta , President, Delhi Grain Merchant Association President O P Jain also expressed concern at continuing raids on food grain traders by Delhi government despite prices being under check.

''For expected scarcity and sharp increase of prices of food grain products in Delhi in coming days, we cannot be blamed as Delhi government does not want us to keep food stocks. Moreover, the prices are also increasing in the food grain production states,'' Mr Gupta added.

''We are open to all checks for our stocks, as this is age of transparency and no trader wants to hold stocks in this global fluctuating market, Mr Gupta said.


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