Department of Consumer Affairs (DoCA) reviewed the
price and availability situation of Onion with all the concerned stakeholders
in a High Level meeting chaired by the Secretary, Department of Consumer
Affairs, ShriAvinash K. Srivastava.
It was indicated by Horticulture Commissioner
(DAC&FW) that sown area under the Kharif Onion Crop is higher than last
year and its arrival has commenced from Karnataka. Arrivals of Kharif crop is
expected to increase significantly within a week. This would improve
availability in consuming areas, thereby, helping moderate prices.
Meanwhile, in the meeting it was decided that the
supply of Onion to Delhi from the buffer stock under the Price Stabilization
Fund (PSF) should be increased by 2-3 times from the current level so as to
tide over any constraint in the interim supply of Onions in the market. The
implementing agency for the purpose i.e. NAFED has been directed to increase
the quantity supplied from PSF stock accordingly. The situation of Onion Prices
and its availability will be constantly reviewed by the committee and
appropriate immediate interventions will be made as required.
Department of Consumer Affairs advised Mother Dairy to
roll back the prices of Onions by 2 rupees across all variants. Mother Dairy
agreed to reduce these rates from Rs. 25.90 to Rs. 23.90 for the loose variant
and from Rs. 27.90 to Rs. 25.90 for the packed variant at all its stores in