New Delhi: Onion prices are on a rise across the country with the price varying from 60 to 80 Rs depending on the place. Finance Minister Ms Nirmala Sitharaman has played down the concerns over the rising prices by explaining that it is just a supply-demand issue and the price rise is due to an increase in demand across the country.
Addressing a press conference in Delhi, Ms Sitharaman said that the millennials are moving away from traditional Indian meals like Aloo Parantha towards healthy diets like a salad, spiking the demand in the market.
As we all know that onion is an essential part of an Indian salad, the demand has outstripped the supply causing the hike in prices.
Adding to the Minister’s comment, a senior official from Finance Ministry said, ”Earlier consumption of salad was limited to the time of the meal, as an accompaniment but now you see, they are consuming salads at every occasion, as breakfast, as snack, as dinner, and of course even as chakhna with alcohol. What did you expect, of course the prices will rise.”
Further, the official added that the public should be thankful that prices of cucumber, carrot and lettuce aren’t rising as sharply as onion prices.
Meanwhile, a Delhi traffic policeman was caught accepting 250 grams of onions as a bribe from a traffic offender.