Panaji: The state government will commence the sale of onions at a subsidised rate of Rs 35 a kg to every ration card holder through fair price shops by November 5, and in the near future, would add edible oil to the list of items available in such shops.
Coming out with this information, Minister for Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Govind Gaude said that by Thursday, the sale of subsidised onions would commence.
“Around 75 metric tonne stock of onions has already arrived in the state,” he added, pointing out that each ration card holder would be given 3 kg of onion every month at the subsidised rate. Speaking further, Gaude said that the quantity of onions made available to the consumers would be increased depending upon the demand.
He also said that the government is procuring the onions at a price of Rs 29 to Rs 30 per kg from Nashik, through National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED).
It was informed that the scheme of selling onions through fair price shops would continue henceforth. Presently the fair price shops are also selling toor dal to the ration card holders and would, in the near future, make available to them edible oil and pulses.
Gaude said that if the particular initiative succeeds then the government could consider making the subsidised onion available also for non-ration card holders.