Anger over onions: Why the Uddhav government of Maharashtra is angry
Along with potatoes and tomatoes, onions are also desperate to make ordinary people cry.
Along with potatoes and tomatoes, onions are also desperate to make ordinary people cry. In one week its value has doubled in many places. Like last year, this year too the government is not funny about onions, so the Modi government has already banned its export. Since then, politics has intensified in Maharashtra’s main onion-producing state. Protests were held in Maharashtra on Wednesday against the Modi government’s complete ban on onion exports. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked the Center to write a letter to lift the export ban.
At the same time, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party, allies of the Maharashtra government, termed the Centre’s move as ‘anti-peasant’ and ‘unjust’. The Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office said in an official statement on Wednesday, “After the state ministers expressed their displeasure over the central government banning onion exports, Chief Minister Thackeray told the cabinet meeting that he would write a letter to the central government.
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Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, a leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), one of the allies in the state coalition government, termed the Centre’s decision as anti-peasant and called the pressure on him a “big ticket”. “The central government banned onion exports at a time when farmers were getting better prices,” Powar said at a meeting at the NCP headquarters. This is completely wrong. It is clear that the central government is adopting an anti-farmer attitude. He said, “Onion farmers have already faced Kovid-19 and now the central government has done a great job of putting more pressure on them by banning onion exports.”
Protest the onions
Another ally of the coalition government, the Congress, has staged protests across the state over the Centre’s decision. Balasaheb Thorat, president of the state Congress and Maharashtra’s revenue minister, said the price of onion had come down due to the ban on exports. He said the party would fight to free the farmers from this ‘injustice’. Its effectiveness will continue until the central government reverses this decision.
The price of onion has come down from Rs 70,000 to Rs 600 per quintal.
Thorat said the price of onion has come down from Rs 70,000 to Rs 600 per quintal due to the central government’s decision. Farmers in the state are facing huge problems due to floods and cyclones. The state government is helping them as much as it can, but the central government is not cooperating. Maharashtra is a major onion producing state. This decision of the central government will cause huge losses to the farmers here. State Principal Secretary Anup Kumar told the cabinet that 21.83 lakh tonnes of onions were exported from the state in 2018-19. Where in 2012-2018 this number stood at 16.50 lakh tons.
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State Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde said the Centre’s decision had resulted in the export of 808,000 tonnes of onions to Mumbai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port. More than 500 trucks carrying onions are stuck at the Nepal-Bangladesh border in the state. Meanwhile, according to a report in Kolkata, Ajay Sahai, director general of the Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEEO), an exporter, said, “We hope the government will give some relief to the already booked orders. Bangalore rose variety is not very popular in India.
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Meanwhile, Bhupathi Mandal, secretary of the Mahadipur Clearing and Forwarding Agents Welfare Association in West Bengal, said more than 400 trucks loaded with onions bound for Bangladesh were parked near the Malda district border. At the same time, a Bangladeshi onion importer said, “All our problems have increased due to the sudden ban.” India is our largest exporter of onions. The retail price of onion has gone up from Tk 50 to Tk 700 in one day. It is expected to grow further.