Bihar to Buy Onions from Rajasthan; to Sell at Subsidized Rate

Biscomaun Bhawan in Patna (file photo).

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Patna: While the central government remains preoccupied with issues like National Register of Citizens (NRC) and other non-economic agendas and while Chief Minister Nitish Kumar continues to pitch for his 'Jal Jeevan Hariyali' scheme, people in Bihar and elsewhere are struggle to find onion that are selling at a price that is affordable only by those with very deep pockets.

On Thursday, Biscomaun in Patna announced its decision to open special counters in Patna and Ranchi where it would be selling onions to people at Rs. 35 per kilogram with a limit of 2 kilogram per person.

Counters will be opened in Ranchi at ten different locations while, inside the Biscomaun building in Patna, ten counters will become functional on Friday, officials said.

In order to save time and to serve maximum number of customers, pre-packed bags containing two kilograms of onions have been prepared that would go on sale tomorrow.

In order to avoid selling more than two kilograms of onion to one person, customers will have to register their phone numbers, Biscomaun chairperson Sunil Singh said adding Bihar was buying onions from Rajasthan at a subsidized rate.

Similar counters will also be opened in Vaishali, Jamui, Biharsharif, Bhojpur, and Sasaram in a matter of days, Singh said.

The state will be incurring a loss of Rs. 25 per bag after paying to the Rajasthan government and footing up the packing bill, he said.


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