Onion, Garlic & Nirmala Sitharaman

Onion, Garlic & Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman is a Indian Politician. She is member of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Currently she is Finance Minister of India. She is also a head of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Previously, She was appointed as Defence Minister on 3rd September, 2017.

As the country is facing a problem with price rises of Onion, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman  On Wednesday in Lok Sabha gave a statement that trolled her on social media. She said that Government is implementing some various steps in order to bring down the price of Onion. “She also said she comes from a family that does not consume much onion and garlic. I don’t have much to do with onion.” This statement trolled her all over India.  After hearing this statement, Supriya Sule raised the issue of NPAs and onion farmers. “Why has the production of onion gone down? We export rice and milk and so many other products. Onion grower is a small farmer and he really needs to be protected”, Sule had said.

Onion, Garlic & Nirmala Sitharaman
Onion, Garlic & Nirmala Sitharaman

Sitaharaman said that government has initiated some steps to improve technology for better storage of the kitchen staple. “From 2014, I have been part of some group of ministers which monitors the up’s and down in onion market. Sometimes when there is a surplus of the crop, we have also facilitated by giving support to those people who want to import. I have overnight passed orders for helping with 5 to 7 per cent assistance for exporting. Talking about non-performing assets (NPA) under the government’s Mudra loan scheme, she said against the total loans disbursed, only 2.52% are NPAs and the total amount outstanding is 6%. Government has stopped the onion exports and has procured 1 lakh metric tons of onions from different countries”, she said. The government on Tuesday reduced the stock holding limit for retailers and wholesalers to 5 tonnes and 25 tonnes, respectively, to curb rising onion prices.

This statement of Nirmala Sitharaman “I don’t have much to do with onion” dragged her in controversy. This is not a statement that should come from the “Finance Minister”. On Twitter people tweeted their opinions by using #SayItLikeNirmalaTai.

Congress’ leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue, saying he had said “Na khaaonga na khane doonga (will neither indulge in corruption, nor allow others to do so)”, but middlemen are indulging in corruption.

Narendra Modi should look into this matter as soon as possible. Prices of onion in many places have crossed Rs 100 per kg because of less production.

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