Even as the skyrocketing price of onion is leaving the common people in tears, the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs has initiated steps to provide the bulbs at a fair price to consumers in Bhubaneswar.
As per reports, the Union Consumer Affairs Ministry deployed a mobile van at the Chirgatola slum of Prashanti Vihar in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday and provided 2 kg onion at Rs 25 per kg to each consumer.
The initiative has drawn a good response from the local people. Hundreds of people were seen queuing up in front of the mobile retail counter.
A woman who was in the queue said that they had to buy onion at Rs 70 a kg in Bhubaneswar. “When we heard about onion being sold for Rs 25 a kg, we came here. It is a good step to maintain a fair price,” she added.
Speaking to media about this initiative, an official of the Consumer Affairs ministry, said, "The retail price of the onion has soared to Rs 60-65 per kg. The Central government’s motive is to control its price. Hence, the government has started selling onion at Rs 25 per kg in the retail market through the National Cooperative Consumers Federation of India (NCCF).”
“Now, we have started selling onion at a fair price by deploying five to six vans in Bhubaneswar. The number of such vans will increase. We have been working level-best to bring the onion price under control,” he added.
Besides, the NCCF will make people aware of such steps through the public address system, the official said, adding that mobile vans will keep on moving around to touch various areas.