Mail News Service
Gamharia: “PDS shop owners have the great responsibility for ration provisions of 57 lakh families yet, the government does not care about minimum benefits for the owners of these outlets,” pointed out Jharkhand Rajya Jan Vitran Pranali Dukandar Sangh (JRJVPDS) secretary-cum-Kolhan convener Phulkant Jha while speaking to media persons in Gamharia today.
Jha drawing the attention of the government to the pathetic condition of 26,000 PDS shop owners in the state urged the Jharkhand Chief Minister to act on the earlier promise of providing incentives to PDS dealers, to make the subsidy payment for kerosene oil since 2017 to 2020 into their accounts and to provide them health insurance cover.
The JRJVPDS secretary-cum-convener informed that all PDS outlets in the state were abiding by the government order of under Food Security Act of using e-posh machines since 2015 for distributing rations to card holders. He accused the government of leaving out the PDS shop keepers in their slogan, ‘Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas’ by pointing out the step motherly attitude being meted out to them. He said, “Presently, in the Kolhan Region’s three districts more than two lakh ration card applications have not yet been sanctioned. The government should immediately pay immediate heed to these applications and sanction accord for issuing ration cards against these applications.”
Jha said that Jharkhand Food and Civil Supplies Minister Saryu Roy’s demanding extra two kilos of food grain per card holder from the centre was justified.