Bhopal: While the country is crying over costly Onions, the state government in Madhya Pradesh has devised an ingenious mechanism to ensure citizens access to onions.
The state administration is reported as having set up four kiosks in Bhopal to offer Onions at a subsidised rate of Rs 50 per kilo.
Like several other states, the price of Onions in Madhya Pradesh too soared over Rs 80 per kilo in retail markets. Various central and state governments have begun conducting surprise raids to check complaints of illegal stocking and hoarding of Onions.
A PTI report quoted a Public Relations Department official from the Madhya Pradesh state administration as saying, "To provide onion at the cheaper rates, the Bhopal district administration has set up four centres where onions will be sold at a subsidised rate of Rs 50 per kg."
The kiosks have been setup at Bairagarh vegetable market, Bittan market, BHEL and Sarvadharm Colony.
The official also added that at the moment, people can buy only two kilos from the kiosks operational from 10 AM to 5 PM.
In a bid to control the onion prices, the state government last month issued the 'Madhya Pradesh Onion Traders (Stock Limit and Restrictions on Hoarding) Order 2019'.
Unseasonal rains in cultivation areas have wrecked havoc on Onion crops as well as dampened consumer sentiments. Heavy rains in Lasalgaon, Nashik and several parts of Maharashtra too have been blamed as the reason behind costlier onions.