Markets crash in New Delhi due to lack of food supply
Market stalls in the Indian capital of New Delhi have closed for the day, while thousands of people are stranded in the city centre because they are unable to buy their food, officials said on Monday.
Rival vendors are running low on food as the markets have been closed for weeks because of the shortage of supplies of vegetables, pulses and grains, officials and media reports said.
People have resorted to using the markets to get their fill, the Hindustan Times reported, quoting the food security ministry as saying that it has issued notices to the vendors in several parts of the city.
Market stalls in New Rajasthan city.
Reuters/Bengaluru bureauGroups of people have been moving in to buy food and water at public market stalls to ensure supplies last for the rest of the day.
The food shortage has forced thousands of families to leave the city’s major markets.
People queue for food at the Indian market in New York Thomson Reuters India is the world’s second-most populous country, after China.
The country has a population of some 1.2 billion people and its capital, New Delhi, is one of the world most populous.
Its capital, Delhi, has the world second-highest number of population density after Beijing.
The city has been facing a food shortage, which has been exacerbated by a shortage of pulses and wheat and by the failure of traders to keep up with the demand for their products.
The Indian government has made it a priority to help farmers in the country to reduce the burden on the food system.
The government has also launched a new food security plan, known as the Rural Food Security Plan, aimed at providing food and fuel to millions of households across the country, according to the government.
But India’s food security experts said the government has yet to provide enough cash to buy enough food for the country’s 1.5 billion people.