Panaji: Chairman of the Goa State Horticulture Corporation Pravin Zantye on Thursday said that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has sanctioned Rs 15 crore to the cash-strapped corporation, and hence it will continue getting onions from its regular suppliers of the essential food commodity.
The regular suppliers will supply the onions at much cheaper rates than market rates, he claimed.
Zantye along with GSHC officials held a meeting with onion suppliers on Thursday morning and later met the Chief Minister at his official residence, discussing the situation in detail.
“We had spoken to three outside suppliers. However, only one supplier – from Satara district of Maharashtra – came for the meeting on Thursday. The Satara onion supplier insisted on upfront payment on the supply of onions. This was not possible factoring in the current situation,” the GSHC chairman said, adding that the regular suppliers also attended the meeting.
“The Chief Minister was kind enough to sanction Rs 15 crore, out of the pending sum of Rs 34 crore. The corporation immediately began formalities for onion procurement. Once the amount is credited in the account of the corporation, we will clear the pending dues of our regular onion suppliers,” he disclosed.
The regular suppliers will resume supplying onions at cheaper rates once the payments are made, he said.
For the last 15 days, the corporation has been getting onions Rs 40 less than the market rates for a kg.
If the corporation clears the pending dues of the regular suppliers then we can procure the onions at reduced rates, he said, adding that the dues have been pending for the last five months.
On Thursday, onion price in the market was Rs 180 per kg. However, the essential food commodity was sold at Rs 129 per kg at horticulture corporation outlets.
Ten agents from Goa and 30 from outside the state supply vegetables, including onions, to the horticulture corporation from the Belagavi market.
“As the Chief Minister has sanctioned Rs 15 crore to the corporation, you will see the difference in onion prices in the state in the next two-three days,” he maintained.