Indian MPs have asked the Delhi government to deploy an adequate number of officials in Maharashtra to check and clear the quality of onions before their transportation to Delhi. Senior officials of the ministry of consumer affairs Friday reviewed the price and availability situation of staple vegetables like onions and tomatoes. The meeting chaired by secretary consumer affairs also reviewed the price and availability of pulses and announced steps to boost their supply, said the government.
The price of onions and tomatoes has shot up to Rs 60-80 per kilogram in the retail market in several cities following the supply disruptions in major producing states – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh.
In a major relief to consumers, the Centre was informed that there was hardly any damage to tomato crops in Andhra Pradesh which is a major producer. The meeting was attended by representatives from the ministry of agriculture and farmers’ welfare, Horticulture Commissioner, managing director of NAFED, Mother Dairy, Kendriya Bhandar, NCCF and senior officials from the department of consumer affairs.
Secretary consumer affairs took stock of the price and availability situation of onions in the country. The Modi government had struggled to control the price of onions last month. Onion prices had shot up to Rs 80 per kilogram in the retail market in Delhi-NCR following the disruption of supplies in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh due to floods.
“The arrival of fresh stock has begun from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and it is expected that prices will show a downward trend in the coming weeks especially after Diwali,” said the government in a statement.