Onion price leaves people in tears

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Onions are selling at around Rs. 85 to Rs. 90 in Guwahati, as faulty supply management and failed import policy by the State government, make it unlikely that prices will fall before the first half of December. In other places like Tangla, onions sold at Rs. 100-110 per kg in the last two days.

Recently, Assam Food & Civil Supply minister Phani Bhusan Choudhury had said, “Assam is a consumer State of onion and the prices of onion have been on the rise in the states that produce onion,” adding, “Which is why the prices of onion are likely to decrease only after the first week of December.”

It may be mentioned here that Congress MLAs on Friday had staged protest against the price rise of onion and turned up at the Assembly wearing garlands of onions.

Onion prices have been rising for two months. Prices were expected to fall from November after the Centre banned exports and imposed nationwide stock limits on traders.

But, to the disappointment of people of the State, Assam minister Phani Bhusan Choudhury was not seen doing anything to cut down the rising prices of the kitchen staple. Instead, he was seen supporting contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, along with his party colleague at New Delhi.

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