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The hottest topic that's doing the rounds at every Indian home at the moment has to be price rise. Prices of food and other essential commodities are spiraling up like nobody's business and common people are groping for a respite. What was Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar doing in the winter chill of November when onion prices were getting red hot?

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Asked by mini, 27 Dec '10 09:04 am
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God knows! Had he worked and applied his mind on the clear and loud signals that had emanated from the agricultural fields in his home State Maharashtra, from Gujarat, Rajasthan and states in the north, the aam admi would have been spared another (remember 1998?) year-end ordeal of having his or her meal without onions. There are two reasons for onion prices touching a whopping Rs 90 a kg in the retail market: Unseasonal rains and export licenses. In both the cases, Pawar is to blame. While Pawar cannot be faulted for the unseasonal rains that lashed Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan just when the onion crop was being harvested, he had enough and more time to step in and forecast a shortage. The unseasonal rain lashed onion crop-growing regions in late October. It did not need rocket science or crystal ball gazing to predict a huge shortfall in market arrivals of onion in late November that would result in prices shooting northward in December. Pawar had the whole of November to step ...more
Answered by sumati gayki, 27 Dec '10 09:13 am

 
  
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Answered by rajnikant raiyarela, 27 Dec '10 10:31 am

 
  
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