Locals stage protest, demand transparency in onion purchase deal

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Aug 2017 15:03:45

Staff Reporter,

A protest was organised by locals under leadership of Ex-corporator ward number 30 Taslim Waheed Lashkari at Roshanpura Naka. They alleged that no proper guidelines was followed by government while purchasing onions from farmers. Earlier, Madhya Pradesh Government has decided to purchase onions at Rs 8 kg from farmers across the State and sell it to shops under public distribution system (PDS) for Rs 2/kg.

Last year, the government had incurred a loss of over Rs 100 crore as onions procured from farmers could not be sold and rotted in warehouses. The government this year was geared up to procure and sell onions simultaneously through shops under public distribution system and even NGOs, if needed. But there is no transparency followed, total how many onions have been purchased and from how many farmers is not clear.

The onions were sent to which all agencies. It was also stated that Procurement, which began on June 5, will be done at 48 centres set up in 22 districts producing onions. Onions will be transported and sold through PDS shops in 10 districts facing shortage and the produce sold at higher price.

So now whether is procurement is complete or how much is left and in which all centres it was sold through PDS is not clear.Why onions are rotting in Mandis still and no proper strategy is being planned to resolve the issue. The protestors handed over memorandum to Governor Madhya Pradesh O P Kohli and also requested for a CBI probe for the issue.