- Govt bought onions from farmers after prices crashed in July
- Failed to find buyers even after apparently offering onions at Rs 1/kg
- Ration shops say govt wasn't serious in trying to sell the onions
After onion prices crashed to 50 paise a kg in May, the state government had bought over 10 lakh quintals of onions from farmers at Rs 6 per kg.
But because of inadequate storage facilities and being unable to find buyers till August, three lakh quintals of onions rotted away, officials said.
It was then that the government decided to sell the onions for Rs 1 a kilo at fair price shops under the public distribution system or PDS but it failed to sell most of the onions.
The total cost for the disposal comes to Rs 6.76 crore.
"No onion or any communication from reached my shop till date. No fair price shop in Bhopal got any onion to sell or any government communication regarding this," said Dinesh Maurya, a fair price shop owner in Bhopal, said.
"I did not get the onions at Rs 1 as announced by the state government. We would have benefitted if the onions were given to us," said Batan Lal, a BPL (Below Poverty Line) card holder.
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