Bhubaneswar, 5/12: There is no let up in the upward trend of onion price. The retail price of the tuber has reached Rs 150 per kg at the capital city here. A standard onion costs around Rs 15 per piece. This has forced the consumers to think twice before purchasing the tuber, which is considered as poor man’s diet.
The onion price has gone up by Rs 20 within a day, which has left the consumers in tears. A few days ago, consumers used to purchase the tuber kilogram-wise. But now they are asking for one or two tubers. Its adverse impact has been cast on the tiffin stalls, hotels and restaurants.
While the shop keepers are charging exorbitant price for the onion, the state civil supplies department has virtually become mute spectator. Though state government had announced to sell onion at Rs 80 per kg at fair price shops, there is no adequate stock of the tuber in these government outlets. Similarly, the government announcement about raid on the onion hoarders has remained a non-starter.