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Fair price shop dealers want state govt to increase commission

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A meeting of All-India Fair Price Shop Dealers’ Federation was organised at Khanna in which Karamjit Singh Araichan, national assistant secretary, was the main speaker.

He said although the Central Government had announced ‘one nation one ration card’ scheme in the country, the commission of ration depot holders was different in different states. He said the commission in Punjab was only Rs 50 per quintal, Rs 200 per quintal in Delhi, Rs 170 in Haryana, Rs 143 in Himachal, Rs 180 in Maharashtra, Rs 125 in Gujarat, Rs 280 in Goa and different in other states also. He also stated that the Depot holders were given salary of Rs 18,000 month in Tamil Nadu and Rs 15,000 per month in Kerala.

The speakers said Punjab was the worst-affected state where about 26,000 depot holders got commission of only Rs 50 per quintal that was too low as compared to other states. They demanded that in view of ‘one nation one ration card’ scheme, the commission of all states should be same and Punjab should be on par with other states and the Central Government should fix a single rate in all states so that they may be able to save starvation of their families.

This meeting was also attended by Jagdish Singh of Khanna, Tarsem Lal of Bagli village, near Samrala, and others. The meeting appealed jointly to the Centre and the state government to increase the commission in Punjab and even to fix a single slab in whole country so that they may be able to fend their families.

Source :tribuneindia

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