New Delhi: The surge in prices of onions across the country has forced the different departments of the Central government into a huddle to ensure that the situation does not get out of hand.

Anticipating a situation, where in the domestic prices could go through the roof due to artificial onion crisis created by the hoarders, the government has geared up to take key monetary steps to curb exports and check domestic prices from spiralling.

The Agriculture and Food Ministry have also given directions to the state governments in this regard

In a long meeting on Tuesday, the government decided to increase the ‘Minimum Export Price’ instead of banning onion exports completely.

The Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Civil Supplies KV Thomas and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar met to discuss the matter.

In a meeting with Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Tuesday evening, Thomas also discussed the option of banning onion export.

Instead a ban on onion exports, the government took the decision to increase minimum export price (MEP) that would help in meeting the domestic demands.

JPN/Bureau