Pay Re 1 extra when buying ration rice for dealers’ salary
Kannur: The government is implementing a programme to provide salary of Rs 16,000 to ration dealers by increasing one rupee in the price of rice supplied through ration shops. The extra one rupee is charged as service charge for using E-POS machine. Presently, the ration dealers are granted monthly salary instead of commission and this liability is going to be imposed on the consumers.
The free of cost rice supplied to the poorest categories will not be charged with service charge. The consumers belonging to the priority group are presently supplied with 4 kg rice and 1 kg wheat for each member listed in the card. They will have to pay Rs 5 for the ration, adding service charge of one rupee per kilogram. Besides, each member of the card in the priority category is given 2 kg rice for Rs 2 with subsidy. This will be increased to Rs 3. A 5-member family will have to pay an extra Rs 10.
The general category consumers are supplied with 2 kg rice per card for Rs 8.90, which will also be increased by one rupee from now on. The price will be charged in this rate by all ration shops that use E-POS machines. The commission for kerosene given to the ration dealers is likely to be hiked soon. If so, the public will be compelled to pay the service charge for that too.
Meanwhile, the dealers opined that they cannot run the shop with the salary of Rs 16,000 per month. The salary is likely to be reduced, if the rice distribution decreases. As the doorstep delivery of ration is not properly implemented, rice is not provided in the required quantity, which in turn leads the shops to huge loss, said the dealers.
The ration shops cannot be run in the present condition, even if the dealers are provided the meagre salary by collecting service charge from the public, said KSRRDA state secretary S. Surendran. Not implementing doorstep delivery of ration even after setting up the E-POS machines is a fraud. Ration distribution has been taken up by transport contractors and their benamies. The ration sector is likely to be claimed by the private monopolies soon, he added.