1,100 distribution centres to be set up in State
In a bid to rein in spiralling prices of onion, the Rajasthan Government has decided to sell it at wholesale rates through 1,100 distribution centres to be set up across the State and suspended the mandi tax on onion for a fortnight.
The onion prices are not showing any signs of decrease despite several steps taken by the Union Government.
Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies Babulal Nagar said here that the State would also import onion through the National Cooperative Consumers' Federation of India (NCCF) and the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) at 20 per cent subsidy granted by the Centre.
A team of officers will purchase onion from the major centres such as Nashik and Bhavnagar.
Mr. Nagar, who presided over a high-level meeting on the issue here, said the onion distribution centres would be opened at 650 fair price shops, 300 dairy booths and 150 Consumer Federation centres across the State.
Onion bought directly from the mandis would be available at wholesale prices at these centres.
The Minister said a committee headed by the Principal Food and Civil Supplies Secretary would monitor purchase and distribution of onions at the State level, while a control room would be set up here to observe the process. Similar centres would be established at the district level.
The total arrival of onion in the mandis across the State on Thursday was stated to be of the order of 3,900 quintals and the average price was Rs.3,000 per quintal.
The traders in mandis have reportedly agreed to give up their ‘aadhat' (commission) for a fortnight while passing on onions from farmers to the sellers.