Now, buy onions at Rs 30/ kg
“We have decided to sell <g data-gr-id="60">best</g> quality onion at Rs 30 per kg instead of Rs 40 at our 280 fair price shops in the national Capital. New rates of onions will become effective from today (Wednesday) itself,” Khan said.
The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Khan said the government procured onions from Nasik through Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium at a cost of Rs 40 kg (including transportation and procurement costs) and would sell it at a subsidised rate of Rs 30 a kg.
“We want to provide <g data-gr-id="55">best</g> quality onion to the people of Delhi at cheaper rates. We have enough stock of onion to sell it at subsidised rates,” he said.
When asked about further slashing the rates of onion, <g data-gr-id="57">minister</g> said: “A regular monitoring of the trend of the onion market will be done. We will keep a watch on the volatility of onion rates in <g data-gr-id="56">open</g> market and then take any decision accordingly.”
Earlier to curb onion prices, the city government had announced to sell onions across the city at Rs 40 a kg. The selling began from Wednesday morning at Rs 40 per kg at the 280 fair price shops in the Capital.
NAFED seeks LG’s intervention for sale of cheaper onion
NAFED has sought LG Najeeb Jung’s intervention on the onion issue as the Delhi government has decided not to buy the kitchen staple from the cooperative at a cheaper rate of Rs 27.50 per kg. NAFED said it has procured 2,500 tonnes of onion on behalf of the Central government under the Price <g data-gr-id="41">Stablisation</g> Fund. The stock was meant for sale in Delhi retail markets to check prices, which has risen up to Rs 50-60/kg. However, the cooperative said that the Delhi government has refused to buy the stock from it. In the representation, NAFED urged the LG to instruct the Delhi government “to overcome the immediate threat of wastage of large stock of onion for Delhi quota” and ensure the state government <g data-gr-id="62">arrives to</g> a consensus on the onion purchase price.