Alappuzha: Kerala government has shelved ration dealers commission for the month of October to nearly half.
The Food and Civil Supplies department had sought Rs 120 crore from the finance department to meet the expenses for October-November. However, it is learnt that the finance department has only allocated Rs 44 crore. As a result the ration dealers will only get 49 per cent of their commission.
Similarly, it remains unknown when the balance amount will be available.
From the allocation, Food and Civil Supplies department has provided Rs 21 crore to FCI, Rs 8 crore to mill owners. Rs 29.51 crore is alloted to ration dealers as commission but only Rs 14.46 crore has been allocated.
Meanwhile, it should be specifically noted that the commission is liable for further deductions such as welfare fund payments. Also, the government has not yet settled the dues pertaining to the pandemic special food kit distribution to the dealers, which amounts to Rs 50 crore.
All Kerala Retail Ration Dealers Association has expressed strong protest against the move shelving the commission. According to them, payments and ration distribution will be disrupted as they are short of funds to meet the operational expenses.
CITU affiliated Kerala Ration Employees Union has warned of an intense agitation if government is not taking a favourable move.