The Central Government is providing onions to the states at Rs 22 per kg.
This was informed on Tuesday by union minister of consumer affairs, food & public distribution Ram Vilas Paswan.
The minister further said this might be necessary after 18,000 tons of onion had been imported from Egypt and Turkey by the Center.
Paswan further claimed that only 2000 tonnes were sold out of 18,000 tons of onion.
The union minister had stated earlier on January 7 that the onions are available in Mumbai and states can procure them at Rs 49 to Rs 58 per kg.
Saying that onions were imported from mid-December, the minister said states were asked to position their demand to get the supply from the imported stock according to reports.
According to reports, the state had initially placed a demand for 33,139 MT of onions which was later revised to 14,309 MT due to many reasons including domestic price reductions and improved availability.
Paswan also claimed that the main concern is to protect consumer interest and to ensure that domestic supply is increased with imports in order to stabilize prices and increase overall availability.
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