Bengal government starts selling onion from ration shops

With onion prices continuing to bring tears to the eyes of common people, the West Bengal government on Monday started selling the bulb at ration shops here and adjacent districts at heavily subsidised rates.

Every family with ration card was given 1 kg onion at Rs 59. In the local markets, the vegetable is being sold for Rs 130-140 a kg, which is a seven-time increase in four months.

Over the past couple of weeks, the state government had been selling onion at Rs 59 a kg from its Sufal Bangla stalls.

“In making onion available to people at this rate, the government is giving subsidy of Rs 50 per kg,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said and added, the pod was being sold by 430 Khadya Sathi (ration shop) dealers in Kolkata and suburbs.