Food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan is confident about his ministry’s Rs 640-crore class action suit filed against Nestlé.
Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have approached the Union agriculture ministry with proposals to avail themselves of subsidy to procure onions.
Agriculture minister has urged the finance ministry to increase the import duty on both crude and refined edible oils to stem the flow of cheap imports.
Onion prices fell Rs 5 to Rs 10 a kilogram in wholesale markets on Tuesday as fresh supplies arrived from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
The Centre is exploring the option of giving direct subsidy to states from the price stabilisation fund to procure onions.
The government is keeping a close watch on onion prices and has floated a tender for import of 10,000 tonnes of onions, which will be opened on August 27.
The government has asked MMTC to import 10,000 tonnes of onions to increase availability of the commodity and tame rising prices.
Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh governments, too, are expected to soon start using lowcost drones to assess crop losses.
An official said if the claim is approved, the amount would be deposited in the consumer welfare fund in the interest of consumers.
However, meteorologists are hopeful of the emergence of a rain-boosting phenomenon – a positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) – which could offset the impact of El Niño.
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