Amid soaring onion prices in the country, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said that she doesn't eat much of onion or garlic and comes from a family where these not consumed as much.
She made the remark in the Lok Sabha while responding to interruptions by some opposition members while she was speaking on the issue of rising onion prices.
"I don't eat a lot of onions and garlic, so don't worry. I come from a family that doesn't care much for onions," she said, underlining the issue did not personally affect her.
#WATCH: FM Sitharaman says "Main itna lehsun, pyaaz nahi khati hoon ji. Main aise pariwar se aati hoon jaha onion, pyaaz se matlab nahi rakhte" when an MP intervenes&asks her 'Aap pyaaz khaate hain?' while she was answering NCP's Supriya Sule's ques on production&price of onions. pic.twitter.com/i6OG7GN775— ANI (@ANI) December 4, 2019
Beside the remark, Sitharaman said the government has taken several steps to check rising prices of onion and has initiated steps to improve technology for better storage of the kitchen staple.
Replying to the debate on the first batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants, which was later passed by the Lok Sabha, she said the government has taken several steps to check rising prices of onion include ban on exports, imposition of stock limit, import and transfer of onion from surplus to deficit area.
Prices of onion in many places have crossed Rs 100 per kg because of less production, she said.
"I must say, from 2014, I have also been part of some of the group of ministers, which monitored the ups and downs in onion markets. Sometimes when there was surplus of crop we have also facilitated by giving support to those people who want to export it. I have overnight past orders for helping with 5-7 per cent assistance for exporting," she said.
Attributing shortage to low production, the minister said there are severe structural problems related to onions.
"One is we don't have scientifically advanced methods of storing...So that is one of the things, so we need to have greater scientific storage facility for onions we have started working on it...then also to give better storage capacities within that region particularly around Lasalgaon," she said.
(With inputs from agencies)
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