08 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: In view of kitchen staple onion's price soaring over the last couple of weeks that have burnt holes in the consumer, the Odisha government has stepped in to mitigate the burden on the consumer by selling onion at Government Fair Price Shops across 16 districts at affordable prices.
The Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department has started selling onion at Government Fair Price Shops and Maitree outlets in Angul, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Bolangir, Jharsuguda, Khurda, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak, Nuapada, Koraput, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Balasore, Kendrapara and Keonjhar districts from Thursday informed Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain talking to reporters here today.
"In Angul, it's being sold at Government Fair Price Shops and Maitree outlets at Rs 55 a kg, Cuttack Rs 49, Sambalpur Rs 52, Bolangir Rs 55, Jharsuguda Rs 58, Khurda Rs 50, Baripada Rs 50, Dhenkanal Rs 48, Bhadrak Rs 48, Nuapada Rs 50, Jeypore Rs 52, Berhampur Rs 42, Bhawanipatna Rs 55, Balasore Rs 52, Kendrapara Rs 55 and Keonjhar Rs 55 from yesterday," said Swain and added "We are trying to stem the rot".
The Minister said that raids are being conducted on hoarders and unscrupulous traders.
"Within a day or two, we will make available onion at fair price shops in the remaining districts at an affordable price," he said.
On Wednesday, the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department had issued a letter to all District Collectors to take necessary steps to make onion available at Government Fair Price Shops and Maitree outlets.
The Additional Secretary of FS and CW Department, Jyoti Kumar Lakra had directed the Collectors to ensure procurement of onions from local markets and sell to the bonafide consumers at no-profit-no-loss basis.