The rise in onion price has not only hurt common man’s kitchen budget badly but also hit those who are in food business. The traders are ruing decrease in number of customers after the kitchen staple exited from the dishes.
Those dealing in the business have said that there is a notable slump in the footfall of customers. One Ram Singh Meena, who owns a street food stall, says that the spice in the dishes comes from onion and now that is lost. Also, the onion prices have shot up so drastically that it can’t be afforded.
“Onion is one of the main components of our food. But now, we neither serve it nor do we add it in curry as it’s not affordable for us. I tried at the government centres where I thought I would get it cheap but by the time I reached, the stock was over for the day,” said Ram Singh.
Also, the local vegetable traders have alleged that market’s big fishes have reportedly piled huge amount of onions in cold storages and they are cashing in on big on it.
Meanwhile, traders in city’s Chandpol vegetable market said that if the government intervenes and raids these cold storages, the truth will surface. “With big traders piling loads of onion before the price rise, they are now cashing in on it.
The officials should look into it the matter and those guilty should be apprehended,” said Mukesh, a trader.
Meanwhile, onion rate stands somewhere at Rs 70-80 per kg in the city. The state government, however, has come up with six centres across the state capital and is selling onion at cheaper rates. The cost as per kilogram at these centres is Rs40.50 which is also quite high for the middle class to afford.