Amit Shah meets for rising onion prices; government, oppn in war of words
NEW DELHI: The opposition intensified Thursday its attack on the government by the spiral, which crossed the Rs 100 per kilogram in several cities. Finance Minister Nirmala responded to the opposition and said the government has taken several measures to control the price increase.
Here are the main developments and reactions:
Amit Shah hold a high level meeting
Home minister Amit Shah on Thursday reviewed progress made in the import of key kitchen staple to boost domestic supplies and check spiraling prices. Commerce minister Piyush Goyal and agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar were among the ministers who attended the meeting. Food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan could not attend the meeting due to health reasons, officials said.
Cabinet secretary Rajeev Gauba, Prime Minister P K Sinha's advisor and consumer affairs secretary Avinash Srivastava were also present at the meeting, officials added.
The Interior Minister reviewed the progress made in the decisions made at the last meeting with respect to facilitating the rapid import of onion that would help improve availability and fresh prices.
The secretary of consumer affairs, who made a presentation on the situation of the price of onion at the meeting, reported that the state MMTC has contracted the import of more than 21,000 tons of onion from Egypt and Turkey and shipments are expected to arrive in mid-January
Congress protests in local on the rise in onion prices
The leaders of Congress P Chidambaram, Adhir Chowdhury, Gaurav Gogoi and others protested in Parliament's facilities against rising onion prices. Holding banners and shouting slogans demanding that the government reduce prices and stop harassing the poor, congressional parliamentarians protested with a basket full of onions.
TMC MP poses problem of increasing onion prices in Lok sabha
TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay said the Centre should ask states to ensure that there was no hoarding of onions. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the Lok sabha , Bandyopadhyay said the price of onion had reached an extreme height and it was a serious issue.
The Trinamool Congress leader said that hoarding was the cause of rising onion prices and added that the control department should control the hoarding of onions. He also felt that the price monitoring division should be more active.
Bandyopadhyay called it a government failure, saying that the price increase had gone beyond the limit and we all condemned it.
Tehseen Poonawalla organizes a solo protest in front of the Parliament Complex
Political analyst Tehseen Poonawalla initiated an individual protest in front of the Parliament Complex in Vijay Chowk against finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman over rising onion prices, but the police took him away.
While protesting in the media parking lot in Vijay Chowk, police surrounded him and took him to Jantar Mantar while the mediators rushed to capture the development.
He was taken to Jantar Mantar by the police from where he later left.
MMTC places a new order of 4,000 tons of onion
In the midst of the increase in onion prices, the international trading company MMTC has placed another import order for four thousand tons of onion from Turkey that is expected to arrive in India in January 2020, which would add up to more than 17,000 tons of onions that have already been hired. from Egypt and Turkey.
The consumer affairs department has ordered MMTC to issue three more tenders for the import of onions, of which two tenders are country-specific, namely Turkey and the European Union, and one is a global tender. Each of these tenders is for 5,000 MT.
Goa releases quotas to onion traders to lower prices
With the price of onions scaling at Rs 170 per kilogram in the state's retail markets, Prime Minister Pramod Sawant ordered the release of 15 million rupees in late payments that a state corporation owes to onion suppliers in an attempt to reduce Rising prices.
According to Pravin Zantye, president of the Goa State Horticultural Corporation, the prices of onions sold in the kiosks operated by the corporation, which are currently at Rs 129 per kg, would fall in the coming days due to the amount of subsidy released By the government state.
The BJP member offers to provide a truck full of onions at 25 rupees per kilo
A BJP member offered to provide opposition members a truck full of onions at Rs 25 a kilogram from his constituency in Uttar Pradesh while speaking on the price rise of the bulb in Lok sabha .
Virendra Singh 'Mast', a parliamentarian from Balia and also president of BJP Kisan porcha, said that onions are also produced in Uttar Pradesh in large numbers in addition to Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Onions of superior quality are produced in the city of Muhammadabad in its constituency, Singh said and told opposition members that he was ready to provide them with a truck loaded with onions at 25 rupees per kg.
War of words on Sitharaman's onion commentary
Sitharaman's observation in Parliament that he does not consume much onion triggered a war of words, and Congress leader P Chidambaram asked if the finance minister eats avocado.
Responding to the criticism, she said only her comment of not coming from a family that doesn't have much to do with onion was taken out from her reply in the Lok sabha but not her 20-minute articulation of steps taken by the government to tackle the surge in onion prices including rushing truck loads from different states.