AMARAVATI: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy affirmed that Andhra Pradesh is the only state that is supplying onions at a subsidised rate of Rs 25 per kg and will continue the aggressive intervention to supply the scarce commodity through the 101 Rythu Bazaar outlets in the state.
Intervening during the short discussion on onion shortage during the second day of the Winter Sessions of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday, the Chief Minister said that there was intervention from the government side in ten phases since September and we are ensuring that the price is maintained at Rs 25 till the onion market price is stabilised.
Andhra Pradesh is the only state which is supplying onions at a subsidized price of Rs 25 while the price is much higher even in states that have intervention. In the neighbouring Telangana subsidised onion is available only in one Rythu Bazaar and the rate is Rs 45 per kg, while in other states the price is much higher. Onions are sold in Bihar at Rs 35 per kg, in West Bengal (Rs 59), Tamil Nadu (Rs 49), and Madhya Pradesh (Rs 50).
No state has done the intervention and procured onions from open market to supply at subsidised price and we are doing it in 101 Rythu Bazaar outlets. We will continue to supply subsidised onions till the market stabilises. Till now the state has supplied 38,496 quintals of onions. From Friday onwards, onions would be supplied from market yards as well, he said.
The Opposition TDP is trying to politicise the issue and it is sold in the Heritage Foods, owned by family members of Chandrababu Naidu at Rs 200 per kg, he said. Of the total quantity of onions the Centre would be importing, the highest indent of 2,100 quintals is from the State and the first tranche would be coming soon, he said.
Before that, the video clipping of the comments of the kin of the deceased was shown in the House which said that the person who died in Gudivada Rythu Bazaar did not go for buying onions and a section of media has insisted that they vouch for such statement for which they would get exgratia.