The Railway Minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal today promised to provide adequate number of rakes required for the transportation of onions in the country.

The assurance came after Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar wrote a letter to the Cabinet Secretary, Ajit Kumar Seth about the shortage of rakes for transportation of onions.

“I have also received the letter from Pawar about the demand of rakes for onion transportation,” Bansal said, adding that “we will provide whatever number of rakes is required.”

The Central Railway had provided 50 rakes for transportation of onions in January and nine rakes have been given this month, he said.

Nine more rakes are required and we will provide that, he added.

Onion prices have increased sharply in the recent past.

The government has banned its export as part of its measure to control the prices.

(This article was published on February 7, 2013)
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