Govt to open more fair price shops to sell onion

Bhubaneswar: Stepping up its measures to stabilize skyrocketing price of onion, the State government has decided to open more fair price shops across Odisha. The essential vegetable will be available at wholesale rates in these counters at all district, sub-division and block levels within two or three days, said food and civil supply minister PK Deb.
The decision has been apprised to all district collectors, he added.
 While the commodity is being sold at six counters in the State currently, more 215 shops will be opened soon, sources close to food and civil supply department said. Onion is being sold at Rs 55 to 60 in the retail market while the government is considering to sell it at subsidised rate of Rs 45 at government ration shops.
Recently, the food and civil supply department had conducted raids on some onion godowns in state capital and collected illegally stocked vegetables in a bid to curb black marketers.
Apart from this, the government has also decided to take steps to encourage farmers for the cultivation of onion in the State. Attempts would be taken to increase onion farming in more 23 districts, agriculture minister Devi Mishra said. An onion conservation store with a storage capacity 500 tonne would be set up in Titilagarh, he added.