Bhubaneswar, Aug 15
With the price of onion threatening to breach the Rs 60 mark in the state, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has asked the Centre to immediately impose a temporary ban on onion exports in order to give relief to a large number of consumers in the country.
“I would request you to kindly intervene in the matter and temporarily suspend the export of onion from the country with immediate effect,” Patnaik has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, official sources said on Wednesday.
Stating that the onion prices have been rising steeply in the past couple of months, Patnaik pointed out that the average retail price of onion had gone up by about 160 per cent from Rs 19 a kg about two months ago to over Rs 50 this week.
“This is hurting the common man, who is already reeling under the effects of price rise of several items of general use like fuel, food grains and others,” Patnaik said in the letter.
In a bid to give relief to the consumers, the State Government has been selling onion at Rs 46 a kg in government fair price shops, he said.