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Paswan seeks curbs on onion export to keep prices in control

Posted on: August 12, 2017


LJP chief and Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ramvilas Paswan (File Photo: IANS)

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New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS) Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday said he has asked Commerce Ministry to withdraw the incentive and impose higher minimum export price (MEP) on onion export to ensure adequate availability in the domestic market, which will help keeping prices in control.

"Commerce Ministry has been requested to withdraw the incentive on export of onion for adequate availability of onion for domestic consumption (It) has been requested for imposition of MEP of USD 450/ MT on onion in order to keep the prices of onion under control," he said in a tweet.

Poduction of onion this year is about 215 lakh tonnes while it was 209 lakh tonnes last year, said Paswan, while blaming hoarders and middlemen for the hike in the price of onion.

"State governments have been requested to take stringent action against such people," he said.

According to the Consumer Affairs Ministry, onions in Delhi on Friday were sold in Delhi at Rs 36 per kg as compared to Rs 21 per kg a month ago.

--- Indo-Asian News Service
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