No shortage of salt in markets: Centre, Delhi government clarify rumour
New Delhi : As rumours about salt price hike in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) made headlines, both the Centre and Delhi government clarified that there is no such shortage.
"There is no shortage of salt. State governments have all powers to ensure its availability at reasonable prices," a central government spokesperson said.
The statement from Central government came after news reports claiming that salt is being sold at a price of Rs. 250 per kg in Delhi/NCR and Rs. 400 per kg in Uttar Pradesh.
People queued up outside departmental stores to ensure they have enough stock of salt if panic like situation breeds in.
"The department monitors the prices of 22 essential commodities on daily basis. As per the prices reported by centres from across the country, there has been no increase in price of salt whatsoever," Department of Food and Consumer Affairs said in a statement.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took his thoughts on Twitter to crack down the rumour.
"Some people are spreading rumours that there is a shortage of sugar and salt. This is completely false. Anyone hoarding salt won't be spared," he tweeted.
Delhi deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also urged people to not pay attention to such rumours.
"There is no shortage of salt in Delhi. Teams of SDMs and Food Supply Officers are patrolling. Salt is available everywhere. No cause for panic," Mr Sisodia tweeted.