Mrunal Manmay Dash

Food connoisseurs are subjected to a tasteless Dahibara as onions have started to disappear from their favourite street food, thanks to a soaring price.

As far as Chhatra Bazaar in Cuttack is concerned, the essential vegetable is sold at Rs 60 to retail customers.

A Dahibara lover in Cuttack said, “After a rise in price, the Dahibara sellers have reduced the amount of onion they used to put in the dish. Some sellers have even completely stopped garnishing raw onions on a Dahibara plate affecting the taste of the dish to some extent.”

“Dahibara is one of my favourite street foods. Though I am a resident of Dhenkanal, whenever I come to Cuttack, I never forget to order a plate of Dahibara. However, this time around, I did not find enough onion on the dish,” said another youth.

Not only dahibara, but onions are gradually vanishing from the meals sold in restaurants too.

As per reports, Odisha depends on Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra for onions. It is said that the rise in onion prices at mandis of Nashik is a major cause behind the price rise in Odisha.

However, the vegetable traders have alleged that the big corporate retail houses have hoarded a lot of onions with them causing an artificial price in the retail market.

Chhatra Congress leaders gheraoed the official residence of the Agriculture Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain, accusing the State government of failing to contain the price rise and black marketing of onions. During the demonstrations, the Student Congress leaders sold onion at Rs 20 per kg. They also warned of intensifying the agitation if the price rise was not arrested.

However, the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister, Atanu Sabyaschi Nayak passed the buck to the Union government, terming the price rise as a nationwide problem.

Speaking to the media, Nayak, said, “The price rise in onions is a national issue. The price of onion has not only increased in Odisha but also in other states. There are several reasons behind the price rise. The Central government needs to pay heed to such price spikes. If the central government takes measures, the price can be controlled.”

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