Next meeting is tomorrow in New Delhi

Crisis surrounding Maharashtra onion traders unresolved

A late Tuesday meeting between the striking wholesale onion traders and representatives of the state and federal governments remained inconclusive; the traders’ stuck to their prime demand of rolling back the 40 per cent export duty on the kitchen staple.

The meeting was attended by Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Agriculture Minister Abdul Sattar and other top central and state officials, besides representatives of major onion trading associations and other agencies. Ajit Pawar and Goyal later said that the next meeting will be held at the latter’s office in New Delhi on Friday with Sattar, other ministers and officials remaining present.

Goyal, Pawar and Sattar appealed to the onion traders to call off their week-long strike and resume the auction of the vegetable in Nashik in the interests of all stakeholders.


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