Onion To Be Sold At Subsidised Rate In Delhi From Monday
In order to relieve consumers from the exorbitant prices of the kitchen staple, cooperative NCCF (National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India) will start retail sales of onions from the government buffer stock at a discounted rate of Rs 25 per kg in the national capital on Monday, according to its top official.
The National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India (NCCF), which currently sells tomatoes for the government at a discount, has been given the authority to also sell buffer onions.
For the fiscal year 2023–2024, the government has built up a buffer stock of 3 lakh tonnes of onions. Additionally, it has chosen to purchase an extra 2 lakh tonnes of onions for the buffer this year.
“First, we’ll begin selling buffer onions in Delhi through our mobile vans and two retail locations, we would sell at a discounted rate of Rs 25 per kg, NCCF Managing Director Anice Joseph Chandra told PTI.
On Monday, around 10 mobile vans will be sent to the nation’s capital, and further locations will be gradually covered. According to her, NCCF would also offer the product through its two retail locations in the national capital’s Okhla and Nehru Place.
She noted that NCCF is working out the details of its plan to sell onions online through the ONDC (Open Network for Digital Commerce) platform.
For the market involvement, the government has chosen Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, and Assam.The availability is being enhanced in these five states by disposing of buffer onion both in the wholesale and retail markets.
Buffer onions are offered for sale at mandi rates in wholesale markets and at a discounted price of Rs 25 per kilogram in retail markets. According to her, retail sales would start in Delhi on Monday and in the other four states two days later.
According to government data, the average retail price of onions throughout all of India climbed by 19% on Sunday, from Rs 25 per kg to Rs 29.73.
Onion’s retail price in Delhi rose from Rs 28 per kg to Rs 37 per kg during the same time period.
Since the past month, NCCF has been selling tomatoes in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. It started selling initially at Rs 90 per kg when prices were ruling over Rs 250 per kg in the retail market. Now that the arrivals have improved, the subsidised rate has been reduced to Rs 40 per kg.