STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Balurghat, 11 November
Balurghat administration has started selling onions at the subsidised rate of Rs 38 a kg from today through the office of the district magistrate ~ a step that has come close on the heels of the potatoes being sold thus. While the wholesale price is Rs 36 a kg, the retailers are selling it at around Rs 60 a kg.
“This has prompted us to step in, to sell the item at Rs 38 a kg. It would not just help the common people to collect the item at reasonable prices but would also pressure the retailers to lower the price,” said the South Dinajpur district magistrate, Mr Tapas Chowdhury.
It is also learnt that each family would get 400 grams of onions.
The administration has procured the item from four cold storages located across the district.
Usually every year that before new onions arrive in the markets the wholesale and retail prices of the item soars.
Things have got delayed this season because of the unseasonal rains that continued till the first week of November. Now the new crop would be available not before the end of December. Anticipating the impending crisis, the administration has decided to release the items in a controlled manner, it is learnt.
Apart from the soaring onion price, other vegetable prices are also rising, landing the lower and middle class people in trouble. 
The South Dinajpur SP, Mr Prasun Banerjee, has asked the concerned police officials to keep close vigilance on the developing situation on the price front.