New Delhi: To contain onion prices, the Centre on Friday imposed stock holding limit on retail and wholesale traders till December 31 to improve the domestic availability of the commodity and provide relief to consumers.
Retailers can stock onion only up to 2 tonne, whereas wholesale traders are allowed to keep up to 25 tonne, Consumer Affairs Secretary Leena Nandan said in a press conference.
She said the government had to invoke the Essential Commodities (Amendment) law — which was passed last month in Parliament — that allows it to regulate perishable commodities in the extraordinary price rise situation.
Later, Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted: “To control rising onion prices and curb hoarding, PM @NarendraModi government has taken the third step. Imposed stock limit of 2 tonne on retailers and 25 tonne on wholesalers”.
प्याज की बढ़ती कीमतों को नियंत्रित करने, और जमाखोरी रोकने के लिये PM @NarendraModi जी की सरकार द्वारा त्वरित कदम उठाये गये हैं।
थोक विक्रेताओं के लिये प्याज की स्टॉक लिमिट को 25 मीट्रिक टन, व खुदरा व्यापारियों के लिये 2 मीट्रिक टन निर्धारित किया गया है। pic.twitter.com/hbwsoNnNX2
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) October 23, 2020
Onion prices have shot up sharply to over Rs 75 per kg in the last few weeks in the wake of damage to standing Kharif crop in producing areas due to heavy rainfall.
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I knew this when the govt brought in ECA amendment. The spirit of the amendment stands diluted. This is how you destroy your own reforms.
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