Mumbai: India’s financial capital is suffering from high prices of onion. The retail price of onion ranges between Rs. 70 and 80 in Mumbai. It’s a difficult situation for poor and middle-class workers to buy onion at such a high price. To help them, Mumbai’s diamond company is ready to offer onions as Diwali bonus to its employees.
“Diwali is a great time to help the poor and needy people. These workers are the backbone of our company”, D R Kartik told World News Express in a telephonic conversation.
“We are planning to give onion in a large quantity which will last for a year for a family of four members”, added by him.
“I am very eager to get Diwali bonus from our company as I haven’t bought onion for one year”, said by a poor worker of the said diamond company.
Mumbai is considered as one of the most expensive cities in India to live in. Recently, onion prices have soared in Mumbai and other parts of the country.
According to India’s NDTV, “The onions were stolen from a wholesale trader’s shop from the Sion area of the city. The stolen stock was estimated to be worth Rs. 50,000”.
“On an average, a poor worker earns Rs. 200 to Rs. 400 a day in any part of the city. He/She needs to pay house rent, electricity bill, transportation charges, food expenses and so on. So, how he/she can buy onion at a price of Rs. 60-80/kg?”, said social activist Manik to World News Express.
“The shortfall has primarily been on account of adverse weather conditions, including unseasonal rains which have impacted both the standing and harvested crop at major producing centres,” the Consumer Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
News published on October 13, 2015 @ 8:50 AM (IST).