The Asian Age

Govt seeks Barc tech to con­trol price rise

The gov­ern­ment has asked Barc to make avail­able its com­mer­cial ver­sion of ir­ra­di­a­tion tech­nol­ogy

- AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The gov­ern­ment has gone on an over­drive to find a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to the trend of high price rise in July- Novem­ber of price­sen­si­tive items each year.

The gov­ern­ment has asked the Barc ( Bhabha Atomic Re­search Cen­tre) to make avail­able its com­mer­cial ver­sion of ir­ra­di­a­tion tech­nol­ogy to pri­vate en­ter­prises so that sur­plus price- sen­si­tive items like onion, tomato and potato could be pre­served for a six month pe­riod and re­leased in the mar­ket dur­ing Ju­lyNovem­ber peak sea­son.

The move is be­ing over­seen by se­nior min­is­ters Nitin Gad­kari, Ram Vi­las Paswan and Rad­hamo­han Singh, while steps are be­ing taken for sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment in cold chains which will be equipped with nu­clear tech­nol­ogy for higher shelf- life of the per­ish­able items. The ini­tia­tive be­ing taken at the di­rec­tion of PM Naren­dra Modi is be­ing ex­pe­dited, as the in­ter­nal as­sess­ment sug­gests that there could be much higher spike of th­ese items next year due to er­ratic and be­low the nor­mal rains this year.

The gov­ern­ment aims to use the Price Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Fund to help the en­trepreneur­s to set up such cen­tres to store the per­ish­able veg­etable items for a longer shelf- life. “The gov­ern­ment on a pri­or­ity is work­ing out a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to the an­nual trend of price rise each year dur­ing Ju­lyNovem­ber. The mech­a­nism seeks for price sta­bil­i­sa­tion of onion, potato, tomato and green chilli,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial of the min­istry of agri­cul­ture.

The of­fi­cial also said that the gov­ern­ment is seek­ing dras­tic im­prove­ment in cold chain and ef­fec­tive use of ir­ra­di­a­tion tech­nol­ogy on a com­mer­cial scale to pre­serve the veg­etable items for longer shelf- life.

Mr Gad­kari has re­port­edly asked the Barc to make the tech­nol­ogy avail­able which could be widely used for price sta­bil­i­sa­tion of the per­ish­able items.

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