Thursday, 14 November 2019

Secretary of Department of Consumer Affairs briefs Cabinet Secretary on Onion prices and availability

Updated: November 9, 2019 10:32 am

Secretary of the Department of Consumer Affairs briefed the Cabinet Secretary at a high-level meeting in New Delhi about the current situation of availability and prices of onions. He also apprised him of the action taken so far including banning the export of onions and setting stock limits on retailers and traders.

Department of Consumer Affairs is constantly and closely monitoring the availability and prices of onions across the country. Key decisions have been taken to further ease the pressure on prices and improve the overall availability of onions across the nation. MMTC has been requested to immediately import a substantial amount of onions from Dubai and other countries to augment domestic supplies. Approval has also been granted to reduce the mandatory time for tendering as there is an immediate and prompt requirement domestically. A tender for the same has been issued.

A team comprising of officials from MMTC, NAFED, Department of Agriculture and Department of Consumer Affairs has been directed to visit Turkey and Egypt on an urgent basis to take stock of the supplies of onions in these countries and facilitate imports to India. NAFED has been directed to speed up its domestic procurement process especially from Alwar in Rajasthan and supply to States that have already indicated their demand.

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