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Centre offers States onions at Rs 30 per kg

Centre offers States onions at Rs 30 per kg
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Centre offers States onions at Rs 30 per kg

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In a bid to cool down retail onion prices that are ruling over Rs 75 per kg in some places, the Centre has stepped up efforts and asked States and Union Territories to take the kitchen staple from the central buffer stock for retail intervention

New Delhi: In a bid to cool down retail onion prices that are ruling over Rs 75 per kg in some places, the Centre has stepped up efforts and asked States and Union Territories to take the kitchen staple from the central buffer stock for retail intervention.

As per data maintained by the Consumer Affairs Ministry, retail onion prices in Mumbai were ruling at Rs 86/kg, Chennai at Rs 83/kg, Kolkata at Rs 70/kg and Delhi at Rs 55/kg on October 22.

"We have stepped up efforts to check the price rise. We have requested state governments and union territories to take onion from our buffer stock for retail intervention," Consumer Affairs Secretary Leena Nandan told PTI.

Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Haryana, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have shown interest and taking a total of 8,000 tonnes of onion from the buffer, she said, adding that the ministry is awaiting response from other states.

The centre is offering onion from the buffer stock stored at Nashik, Maharasthra, at the procured rate of Rs 26-28 per kg to states who wish to lift the stock on their own. For others who want it to be delivered, the offered price would be Rs 30 per kg, she added.

Besides this, the secretary said that cooperative Nafed, which is procuring and maintaining the onion buffer stock on behalf of the government, is offloading the stock in wholesale mandis across the country.

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