Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday extended a helping hand to the Delhi government which is faced with the task of tackling the onion price rise issue.
Chavan said onions could be made available at Rs 50-55 per kg in the national capital provided the Delhi government directly purchased it from markets in Maharashtra instead of going through middlemen.
“I spoke to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit about onion price hike. A team of officials visited Maharashtra to look at the possibility of directly purchasing onion from the markets here. Onion is available at Rs 38-40 kg in Maharashtra markets and sufficient quantity is available at Nashik, Pune and Rahuri,” Chavan said.
Chavan clarified that there was no hoarding of onions in the sate. “Production is less but this will change by next week,” he said.
Delhi’s Food and Civil Supplies Minister Haroon Yusuf said: “Food and Civil Supplies Secretary S S Yadav and Vice Chairman of Agriculture Marketing Board Ramesh Tiwari are in Lasalgaon to procure onion.”
He said the government has also decided to procure onion from Alwar in Rajasthan.