Onion Prices Soar: Over Rs 100 Per Kg in Delhi, Rs 80 Per Kg in MP

The centre, responding to public concern, has decided to rely on imports to tackle the issue.

Updated07 Nov 2019, 05:05 AM IST
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Following a steady rise, onion prices finally crossed the psychological mark of Rs 100 a kg in Delhi on Wednesday, 6 November, news agency IANS reported.

In Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, prices are in the range of Rs 70 to 80 per kg, despite stock limits imposed by the government on traders.

The centre, responding to public concern, has decided to rely on imports to tackle the issue. The Ministry of Agriculture, on Wednesday, allowed relaxation from the condition of fumigation and endorsement on PSC as per the Plant Quarantine Order, 2003 for onion imports up to 30 November.

The Delhi government on Wednesday directed officials to resume doorstep sale of onion after a sudden rise in its price, according to PTI.

Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain reportedly held a meeting with his department officers to review the issue of "sudden and unexplained" rise in onion prices and directed agencies to ensure timely, regular and adequate supply of onion through mobile vans.

‘Find Permanent Solution Instead of a Quick Fix’

The Congress attacked the Modi government over the rising prices, demanding that strict action be taken against middlemen and hoarders, PTI reported.

“We urge the government to find a permanent solution instead of a quick fix.”
Supriya Shrinate, Congress spokesperson

About the government's plans to import onion, the spokesperson said, "In principle, I think the government has had to resort to this because they have not been able to pick the real issue which is hoarding and not a supply constraint."

"My basic contention was that the price of onion has crossed Rs 100 per Kg not because of supply constraint, not because of erratic monsoon, but, because of hoarding and the government has to crackdown on that," she added.

(With inputs from IANS and PTI)

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Published: 06 Nov 2019, 09:29 PM IST

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