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New Delhi: In a bid to bring down onion prices in the national capital, the Delhi government on Monday said it has decided to approach the vegetable’s importers. “We will contact the businessmen who import onions so that the onions can reach wholesale markets in Delhi,” Delhi development minister Gopal Rai said, adding that the imported onions would be available between Rs.35 and Rs.39 per kg in the wholesale market.

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Onions have become dearer over the past fortnight with prices reaching as high as Rs.80 per kg. Rai hoped that due to reduction in onion prices in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, the rates in Delhi would also fall in the coming days. Meanwhile, the city government has sought the central government’s help to ensure sufficient supply of onions. The Delhi government had also published the names of 280 Fair Price Shops in the capital, where onions are being sold at Rs.30 a kilogram, after the prices shot up to Rs. 70 – Rs.80 per kilogram.

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After HC Quashed Its Notification, Delhi Government Seeks Legal Advice on Minimum Wages Verdict

Delhi Government seeks legal help after High Court quashed minimum wage verdict

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Gopal Rai, Member of AAP Government
Gopal Rai, Member of AAP Government.

The Delhi government on Sunday said it is seeking legal advice on the further course of action after the Delhi High Court quashed its notification on minimum wages.

Expressing his disappointment over the Court’s decision, Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai said that the government is studying the verdict and “will arrive at a conclusion on how to ensure the implementation of revised higher minimum wages” for workers in all categories.

“I have convened a meeting of the Labour Department on Monday to decide the future course of action, including the next legal remedy available to the government,” Rai said.

AAP Government seeking legal help after Delhi High Court quashed minimum wages verdict
AAP Government seeking legal help after Delhi High Court quashed minimum wages verdict. 

The Delhi High Court on Saturday quashed two notifications, issued last year by the Delhi Government, relating to revision of minimum wages for all classes of workmen in all scheduled employments by calling it “completely flawed”.

“The constitution of the committee was completely flawed and its advice was not based on relevant material and suffers from non-application of mind,” the bench said while setting aside the Delhi government notification setting up the advisory panel on minimum wages.

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“The government’s decision based on such advice is in violation of the statutory provision, principles of natural justice, denies fair representation to the employers as well as the employees… in fact it is even without any effort to gather relevant material and information,” the bench had said. (IANS)