Last Updated : Wednesday, January 8, 2020 03:04:15

INDIAN UNION GOV offers imported onion to STATE GOVs @ Rs.49-58/kilo

NEW DELHI | RAJKOT – In a press-release issued by Press Information Bureau, Press & Publicity arm of Government of India, it read of the Union Government of India having offered imported Onions to State Governments priced at Rs. 49 to 58 per kilo; Union Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan exhorts State Governments to buy imported Onions, as per their initial demand, for direct retailing to consumers.

The press-release further read that, The Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan held a press conference today to brief media about the overall availability and prices of Onions across the nation along with the imported quantities so far.

Paswan said that the Union Government has decided to offer Onions to State Governments at the landing price in Mumbai ranging from Rs. 49 to Rs. 58 per Kilogram.

The Union Minister said that imports began from mid-December and States were asked to place their firm demand in order to get the supply from the imported stock.

States had initially put a demand for 33,139 MT of Onions which was later revised to 14,309 MT due to various reasons including reduction in domestic prices and improved availability.

The Union Minister stated that 1 Lakh MT of Onions was the target but since the Onion growing season had ended across the world and international prices were high, Orders were placed strategically in small lots and over a period of time to ensure international prices don’t increase drastically.

The Union Government had planned the imports based on the initial demand and has already contracted almost 40,000 MT of Onions which will arrive in India before the end of January.

So far, 12,000 MT of Onions have arrived in the country and is ready for distribution among the State Government.

Paswan further added that the main concern is to protect the interest of consumers and for ensuring that, the domestic supply is being augmented with imports so that prices are moderated and overall availability is increased.

He said that there has to be a coordinated effort between the Central and State Governments and the consumers to ensure this objective is achieved.

Therefore, the Union Minister exhorted all State Governments to honour the demands they had placed initially and may even go beyond their initial demand and distribute the imported Onions in their respective States to ensure that prices are moderated.

The Secretary, Consumer Affairs, Avinash Srivastava informed the media that the Cabinet Secretary held a video conference this morning to persuade State Governments to buy more Onions from the imported stock for direct retailing/distribution in the State to increase overall availability and reduce prices.

Srivastava said that December onwards, the prices had begun coming down which led the State Governments to also reduce their respective demands.

The Cabinet Secretary in the VC (video conference) with 12 States including Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu asked the States to honour the initial demand and pick up more from the imported stock if needed in order to curb prices.


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