Maharashtra government wants federal government to roll back onion export ban

Amid protests in parts of Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has been recorded as saying the state government will write to the federal government to seek a lift of the ban imposed on onion exports.

Thackeray made the comment in a cabinet meeting after state ministers expressed resentment over the Centre's decision to ban the export of onions, a statement from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said. According to the statement, the CM said his government will seek a roll-back of the ban which will affect a large number of onion growers in Maharashtra, a key producer of the commodity.

Minister Eknath Shinde said 400,000 tons of export-bound onion was stranded at JNPTnear Mumbai, while 500 onion-laden trucks from the state were stuck at borders with Nepal and Bangladesh, it said.


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