Harsh Wardhan is consultant at ICRIER.
Retail distribution lines need to be seamlessly linked to wholesale supply lines.
It is time to wake up from the onion nightmare and work towards more sustainable solutions, rather than knee-jerk measures.
Tomatoes-onions-potatoes (TOP) are the three basic vegetables that face extreme price volatility and the government often finds itself on the edge in fulfilling its dual objectives of ensuring remunerative prices for farmers and affordable prices for consumers.
The government's concern over spike in onion prices is justified. But the policy instruments it is using won't solve the problem.