The Maharashtra government Tuesday extended the period of onion sale eligible for an ex-gratia payment of Rs 200 per quintal to the cultivator, a state minister said. As part of a Rs 150 crore move to help onion-growers, the state government had last year announced that it would pay ex-gratia of Rs 200 per quintal for onions sold between November 1 and December 15, 2018.
This period was then extended to January 1 and on Tuesday was further fixed for January 31 this year. The issue was discussed in the cabinet and a decision was taken to extend the period to January 31, said state Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh. He said the decision was taken in view of continuous fall in onion prices.
(With inputs from agencies.)