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Govt opens subsidised onion outlets


OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 14

Concerned over the spiralling prices of onion, the Odisha government on Tuesday started selling onions at Rs 46 per kg from fair price shops.

Sources in the Food and Civil Supplies department said as many as 100 special outlets were opened in different wards of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), where one can get a kg of onion at a time for Rs 46.
Besides, special onion outlets have been opened in Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Jeypore, Baleswar, Brahmapur and some other places of the State, they said.

Food and Civil Supplies minister Pratap Keshari Deb admitted that the opening of special outlets and distribution of onion at subsidised rates is not a long-term solution. Since the state government’s role in controlling the price of opinion is negligible, the Centre must step in to control prices.

Meanwhile, the city-based Kuberpuri Merchants’ Association has alleged that the Centre’s onion export policy was responsible for the unprecedented price hike of onion.

The price of onion has gone up from Rs 26 a kg in the last week of June to Rs 60 a kg now in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.