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PDS shopkeepers demand minimum wages

Jamshedpur, June 27: Public Distribution System (PDS) shopkeepers met state food and civil supplies minister Saryu Rai on Monday and submitted a memorandum urging the latter to provide service charge in line with the minimum government wages on every card to the ration shopkeepers.

According to the memorandum, a high-level committee should be formed to review the earning of the ration shopkeepers by distributing goods under the National Food Security Act. In addition, fair price dealers’ association representatives should also be included in the review committee.

They also demanded door step delivery of kerosene oil and distribution should be made through auto meter like in the petrol pumps.

In view of the increased allocation in Jamshedpur, orders should be made for issue of oil from Sakchi and Burmamines filter godowns. They also urged the minister to see to it that rice and wheat should be properly weighed. Moreover, kerosene oil supply by whole sellers should be stopped in the last couple of days of the month.

The demand memorandum further stated, the commission from salts should be directly transferred to the dealers account and if sugar is not allocated within one month then dealers who have submitted the money should be given back.

Rations dealers urged Saryu Rai to have group insurance for dealers, free treatment of dealers at ESIC hospital.

Dealers said, they had submitted money for APL rice in September 2015 but have not been allocated the rice and the money they have deposited should be returned.

Umrao Singh, Kamaldev Singh, Shankar Poddar, Radheshyam Tiwary, Manu Murmu, Chandramani Tiwary, Ashok Behera, Vijay Kumar Singh and others were present on the occasion.

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