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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 24 August: WITH skyrocketing price of onion bringing tears to people’s eyes, West Bengal government has now decided to sell onions at a controlled price of Rs 50 per kg from Tuesday.

The state agriculture marketing and horticulture departments will be selling onions from 49 retail stalls or locations in and around Kolkata, Bengal agriculture marketing minister Arup Roy said on Monday.

People will be allowed to buy 500 gms of onions at every single turn, on a first come first served basis, the minister said. Of the 49 retail outlets, the agriculture marketing department will operate 24 and the remaining 25 will be run by horticulture department.

The move comes in the wake of onion price skyrocketing across India including Bengal, over the past one week. Onion is now selling in Bengal at Rs 65-70 per kg in retail and Rs 55 per kg in wholesale.

With onion cultivation in Nasik in Maharashtra affected by adverse weather, all Indian states including Bengal, are now dependent on the supply from southern states like Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Bengal agriculture marketing officials said that price would continue to be on the higher side for about a month more and until new onion harvest reaches the market.