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Posted on Nov 29, 10:16PM | UNI
The fair price shop dealers numbering over 2,600 in East Godavari District today demanded the government to dispense with the present system of allowing commission on the essential commodities supplied to card holders and instead introduce payment of monthly salaries to them.
At a press conference here today, Mr Amajala Veerabrahmam Naidu, President and Mr Adapa Venkataramana, Secretary of the district FP Shop Dealers Welfare Association, have alleged that they were losing heavily on account of underweighment of rice and other commodities at the mandal-level supply points at the time of delivery.
' For every 100 quintals rice supplied to us, we are getting 3.4 quintals less as such we demand weighment through electronic weighing machines only.
It is a fact that all these years we are able to sustain these losses by way of bogus cards.
But now with the introduction of Aadhaar-based biometric system for issuing essential commodities to the card holders, all these avenues are closed.
Hence, we request the government to introduce monthly salaries to us on the lines of neighbouring Tamil Nadu state', they added.
As a part of the agitation programme drawn up in support of their demands, they said, they would be staging dharnas in front of RDOs offices on December 11 and at the Collectorate on December 17.