Odisha to supply onions through fair-price shops

The retail price of onions has risen by 45 per cent in the last one week to Rs 80/kg in the national capital despite the central government's measures to boost supply and contain price rise.(PTI Photo)

With the price of onions skyrocketing due to low procurement from other states, the Odisha government on Wednesday said it will supply the vegetable through fair-price shops and 'maitree' outlets.

The price of onions is showing an upward trend and selling at Rs 4,800-6,200 per quintal and Rs 52-70 per kilogram in different markets of the state, an official said.

"It is requested to take necessary steps to make available onions at government fair-price shops and 'maitree' outlets procuring from local markets and sell to consumers on no-profit, no-loss basis till normal situation arises," the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department said in a letter to all the district collectors.

J K Lakra, additional secretary in the department, said heavy rainfall during the months of October and November resulted in widespread damage of kharif crop.

Odisha's Food Supplies and Civil Supplies Minister R P Swain had on Tuesday said the price of onions may further go up by Rs 6-10 per kilogram, due to rain in three supplier states.

The minister also said the state government has decided to open outlets to ensure that consumers get onions at "proper prices".

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