Bhubaneswar: Taking note of the escalating price of onions across the state, Odisha Government has directed the Collectors of all districts to take steps to make onions available at affordable prices to consumers.
In a letter to District Collectors, the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department has directed to take necessary steps to make onion available at Government Fair Price Shops and Maitree outlets.
The Additional Secretary of FS & CW Department, Jyoti Kumar Lakra has stated that the Collectors should ensure the procurement of onions from local markets and sell to the bonafide consumers at no-profit-no-loss basis till the situation normalises.
Onions are being sold at Rs 52 to Rs 70 per kg in different parts of the State. Heavy rains in October and November in the producer states have damaged standing Kharif crop.
“Taking advantage of such a situation, the traders may resort to high profiteering and sell this essential commodity at an exorbitant price by hoarding and creating artificial scarcity in the market,” the letter further mentioned.