EC Cover For Onion

Union Government has notified Onion as an Essential Commodity and urged the State Administration to impose restriction stock limits and movement up to 31 October, 2017.

All India Average Retail Prices of Onion have increased by 85 Percent , during July-August, which has caused worry for both the State and Centre.
Onion Prices in Odisha Market risen up to Rs.35 Per KG and now it has come down to Rs.28 Per KG, sources said. Normally Onion was selling Rs.15 KG earlier, which is now also being sold at higher range.
Union Secretary Consumer Affairs, Avinash Kumar Srivastava has written to the Odisha Government in this regard after making amendments in the Essential Commodities Act (ECA), 1955 by including Onion in the List of EC Commodities, said official sources.
Department of Consumer Affairs (DoCA) has asked the State Government to take corrective steps immediately as the Union Government feels that prices of Onions have witnessed abnormal increase not due to decline in production, but due to price manipulation through hoarding, speculation, profiteering and cartelling by some unscrupulous traders and middle men.
Mr.Srivastava has said that the State Government is requested to issue appropriate orders for taking up control measures by way of licensing, imposition of stock limits and movement restrictions up to 31 October, 2017.
Giving a detailed estimate on Onion production in the country, he said that estimates indicate that production during 2016-17 has increased to about 215 Lakh Tonnes as against 209 Lakh tonnes during 2015-16.
Trends are marked at the largest Onion Mandis of the country is that despite the overall rise in market arrivals of Onion during July and August months of this year, prices moved upward during 24 July to 14 August.
 However, consumers have been left high and dry as onion price is now selling in the city at Rs 28 Per KG.
The state needs nearly five lakh tonnes of Onion annually of which it produces nearly three to 3.5 lakh tonnes. Odisha produces onions mainly in Kalahandi, Balangir, Boudh and Angul districts as well as a few areas in the state's western districts. Odisha depends mainly on Maharshtra, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh for procurement of onions.
Traders apprehend that the current price would prevail till November. The winter crop from Nashik will reach the state in November. Besides, Onions grown in various parts of the state will also enter the market in the winter and then the price will stabilize, said traders.
As the consumers are still bearing the brunt of price rise of Onion, Mr.Srivastava has urged the State Government to convene meetings of traders, retailers and consumer associations at State and district level to prevail upon the unscrupulous hoarders and desist them from unfair and illegal trade practices.

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