“We saw that many stores were offering discounts and freebies for the festive season ... so we thought we can offer onions. Prices have gone up and it is an essential commodity. What better way to boost sales,” Swapan Kole, proprietor of the store, told IANS.
Kole flagged off the offer on August 15 with a tricoloured handmade placard in Bengali taped to the shopfront. “Initially, customers just walked by ... but gradually we have started getting response. We expect sales will get better,” said Kole adding that it was not a protest of any sort.
However, in Jamshedpur, a tyre seller is giving away free onions as a mark of protest against rising prices. One can get five kg of onions on the purchase of a truck tyre while a kg is up for grabs with two car radial tyres.
To rein in soaring prices, the state government has been selling onions through mobile fairprice shops besides undertaking additional cultivation to improve supply.