HC directs civil supplies dept to settle commission to ration shop dealers soon

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Kochi: The Kerala High Court has issued an order asking the government and civil supplies department to implement its previous order of settlement of commission arrears to ration shop dealers. The court issued the order while considering a contempt plea moved by the All Kerala Retail Ration Dealers Association organizing secretary Baby Thomas.

On February 2, 2022, the High Court issued an order directing the food and civil supplies department to distribute the arrears to the ration dealers for distribution of free food kits during the COVID period and Onam. But even after 9 months, the ration shop dealers didn’t receive the amount.

Justice N Nagaresh pronounced that the food and civil supplies department should submit a compliance report in this regard within a month. If the report is not submitted, the department secretary and director should appear in person before the court on December 23, the court pronounced.

The government fixed Rs 5 as commission for Onam kits. Though the commission for covid free food kits was fixed at Rs 5, it was later increased to Rs 7 and slashed to Rs 5 again. Irked by this, the ration shop dealers approached the court.

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