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Imported onions unlikely to bring major relief to consumers

Last week, the Cabinet had decided to import 1.2 lakh tonnes of onions to improve the domestic supply and control prices, which touched Rs 100 per kg earlier this month.

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Nov 25, 2019, 08.22 PM IST
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Consumer affairs secretary Avinash K Srivastava assessed the requirement of onions from states while holding a video conference on Monday.
Consumers are unlikely to get major relief from soaring onion prices even as the first consignment from Egypt is likely to hit Indian coast in December. The government said that the onions would be available to state governments at the rate of Rs 52-55 a Kg in Mumbai while for Delhi, the bulb would be dearer at Rs 60 a kg. This will give only little respite to consumers who are currently buying onions at the rate of Rs 80-100 a kg in various parts of the country due to crop damage from floods and incessant rains in onion growing regions of Karnataka and Maharshtra.

Last week, the Cabinet had decided to import 1.2 lakh tonnes of onions to improve the domestic supply and control prices, which touched Rs 100 per kg earlier this month.

Consumer affairs secretary Avinash K Srivastava assessed the requirement of onions from states while holding a video conference on Monday.

“The Onions are being offered to State Governments for distribution at the rate of Rs. 52-55 per kg ex-Mumbai and will also be made available at the rate of Rs. 60 per kg ex-Delhi. State Governments may take the stock from the location on their own and also have the option of getting transportation facilitated through NAFED. The supply of imported onions will begin from early December onwards,” said an official release.

The release said that state owned trading company MMTC has placed order for the first consignment of 6090 MT of Onions from Egypt which will be arriving at Mumbai.

The government has received a total demand of 2265 MT so far from various states like Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Kerala and Sikkim and also includes the demand of NAFED for supplies in Delhi.

“We are yet to receive demand from Delhi state government. Other state governments have also been asked to place their demands at the earliest,” said a senior consumer affairs ministry official.

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