Modi government set to turn around onion prices; this is the big plan
The Consumer Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday that the PM Narendra Modi led government will act as a facilitator for onion imports to ease the process and ensure a quick and healthy supply from other countries and thereby depress prices further.
The Consumer Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday that the PM Narendra Modi led government will act as a facilitator for onion imports to ease the process and ensure a quick and healthy supply from other countries and thereby depress prices further. This decision was taken at a meeting of the inter-ministerial committee on Tuesday as it again reviewed the prices and availability of onions, as per an IANS report.
It was decided that the Union Government will act as a facilitator for the import of onions, the Consumer Affairs Ministry said. In this regard, the phytosanitary and fumigation requirements will be suitably liberalised to facilitate imports.
Notably, Indian diplomatic missions in Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey and Iran have been asked to facilitate supply of onions to India. This is expected to facilitate immediate import of 80 containers and diversion of 100 containers in the high seas to India.
The government has also been trying to boost supply from Maharashtra and other states. The government has been reviewing prices of essential commodities like onions in the festival season.
The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) has been directed to supply the maximum possible quantities to the Delhi government, Mother Dairy and Safal for retailing. A team led by Additional MD, NAFED will go to Nashik and take stock of the situation and facilitate movement of supplies from Maharashtra to consuming regions including Delhi and adjoining areas.
Two Inter Ministerial teams are to be dispatched on Wednesday and Thursday to Karnataka and Rajasthan to take stock of the onion supplies and encourage the supplies to consuming regions including Delhi-NCR. The Rajasthan government has already assured quick movement of onions post harvesting to augment supplies. Harvesting has already commenced in some areas.
The Delhi Government has been advised to depute officials to the inter ministerial team going to Karnataka and Rajasthan. They were also advised to hold meetings with traders and encourage them to pick up available supplies in the region. They should also discourage traders from profiteering and speculative pricing, the Ministry said.
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