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President of Sattari taluka fair price shop owners association Shyamsunder Shirodkar addressing a press conference over their demand.

Sattari fair price shop owners demand over Rs 20,000 per month to meet PDS expenses

VALPOI: Fair price shop owners from Sattari have demanded a monthly payment of over Rs 20,000 to meet the expenses that they incur in supplying food grain and other items to the beneficiaries under the public distribution system (PDS).
At an emergency meet held here on Sunday, the Sattari taluka fair price shop owners association decided to place their demands before the food and civil supplies department and the local MLA. Addressing the mediapersons, the association president Shyamsunder Shirodkar stated that they want a payment of above Rs 20,000 per month since the monthly commission which they get is meagre.
Shirodkar said that “though the government is keen on providing self-employment opportunities to the people it also has to think about 500 fair price shop dealers and cooperative societies in Goa.”
Stating that under the food safety bill, it will be difficult to run the fair price shops, he said as per the bill the food grain has to be supplied at Rs 3 per kg to ration card holders under BPL and Antyodaya schemes and that the fair price dealer will have to bear the expenses right from transportation of grain from government warehouse to storage point. Shirodkar said that if government can provide allowances and other benefits to government employees it must take the grievances of fair price shop owners into account before implementing the food safety bill in Goa.
Secretary Sudesh Teli said that fair price shops provide good service under public distribution system despite earning a small profit margin besides ensuring accountability for day-to-day expenditure.
A fair price shop owner alleged that new electronic weighing machines are lying in the government warehouse since the last four months and this clearly shows the approach of the government towards them. Premnath Dalvi and Tanvir Khan urged other fair price shop dealers in the state to support their demand.

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