After burning a hole in people’s pockets for weeks, onions have gone on sale only now.
Across city, various stalls are selling onions at cheaper rates. One such stall came up on Thursday at Karol Bagh. It was set up by some women activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). They were selling the vegetable at Rs. 35 for a kilogram, much below the wholesale and retail rates.
“We bought 200 kg of onions from Azadpur Mandi and sold them at R35 per kg. The Delhi government has been selling onions at Rs. 40 per kg, but we are offering a greater discount. It is important to keep people’s economic condition in mind,” said Sudha Sharma, president, BJP Mahila Morcha Pradesh.
Even though the Delhi government has been selling onions at Rs. 40 per kg at over 1,000 outlets across the city, wholesale dealers, from whom the government is buying onions, claimed that the quality of these vegetables was questionable. “The Delhi government is selling onions procured from Rajasthan, which are of the worst quality. They are also not paying us fully,” said Anil Malhotra, member, Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC).
Delhi government officials stated that a review of the onion situation will be done on Monday to assess the pricing situation. “The government is selling at rates lower than wholesale rates, which currently stand at Rs. 42. If the wholesale prices continue to rise next week also, we will do a review and consider offering a subsidy,” said a senior Delhi government official.
Meanwhile in many areas, there were complaints of onions that were being sold in Safal Dairy outlets. People alleged that instead of selling them loose, some outlets were only selling packs of 1.5kg at Rs. 72.
Safal officials later said the practice has been rectified. “We have pulled up the vendor who was indulging in this malpractice. As per Safal’s norms, 80% of the onions are sold loose and 20% are packaged and sold,” said Pradipta Kumar Sahoo, business head, Safal Dairy.