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Fair price shop dealers raise PDS issue with food commission

Shillong, Jan 13: A delegation of Fair Price Shop Dealers Association Shillong led by its president Anwar Khan today met chairman of Meghalaya State Food Commission Shillong where they also submitted a representation to make Public Distribution System (PDS) viable.
Informing that the chairman has assured to look into the matter raised by the association, Khan said, “Till date dealers are receiving a profit margin only by Rs 120 per quintal for last four years which is injustice.”
He stated that the profit margin for fair price dealers is fixed at Rs 160 per quintal by the ministry of consumer affairs and public distribution department of food and public distribution, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi for meeting the expenditure and handling changes of food grains by the fair price shop dealer’s margin.
Informing that the dealers have to bear all the expenses for transportation, loading, unloading, etc which is the duty of the state government, he said, “We demand to calculate and disburse the same amount to the dealers since 2015 onwards.”
He also said that the loading and unloading loss weight of food grains occurs in the process and that one kg of rice extra should be allotted towards every one quintal of rice as transportation loss.
Informing that the pending commission of 10 months has not been received, he said that the commission received is not regular and has demanded to abide by the clear cut order of the central government that has directed the state government shall ensure the “Payment of Fair Price Shop Dealers” margin in advance through the appropriate mechanism.
Further, he said that many consumers still have not received the ration card, and bound to buy ration from open market on high rates.
“We urged the chairman to take up the issue in the government to felicitate to issue the rates law to the deprived consumers,” he added.