New Delhi: Drawing constant flak from all corners over its inability to curb inflation, the UPA seems to be clueless about its resolution taken to maintain the economic stability. It can be gauged from the fact that two weeks after the ban on export of onions, the Union government is all set to flip its decision after facing failure to cut down the retail prices of onion.

Claiming as a move to pre-empt the situation like last year where prices soared up to Rs 80 kilos, the government announced the ban on export of onion on September 8. However, even after two weeks of its implementation, retail price of onion did not come down below Rs 20.

Consequently, wholesale onion dealers, farmers and political parties of Maharashtra constantly pressed government to lift the export ban for being unable to hold the stock. As a matter of fact, farmers protesting against the government decision boycotted the sale of onions. Major onion mandis including Nasik mandi did not sell onions.

 Moreover, expressing annoyance over the export ban, Union Minister of Agriculture, Sharad Pawar met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in this regard. Even Chief Minister, Prithiviraj Chavan started lobbying with the members of his cabinet on this issue.

It is expected that government is planning to lift the ban in a meeting of Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) to be held on Tuesday. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Chavan and his cabinet on Friday in this regard.

JPN/Bureau