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Lack of publicity hits Amma Hastam scheme

Staff Reporter
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FP shop dealers complain of low commission

Civil Supplies Corporation MD V. Anil Kumar
Civil Supplies Corporation MD V. Anil Kumar

The much hyped ‘Amma Hastham’ scheme launched by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has received a poor response in the district, especially in the tribal hamlets owing to lack of awareness among the beneficiaries.

Civil Supplies Corporation Vice-chairman and Managing Director V. Anil Kumar, who held a meeting with the district officials here Tuesday to review the progress of the scheme, discussed the issue at length.

Speaking at the meeting, Joint Collector M. Hari Jawaharlal explained that the scheme was not doing well in the remote villages, especially in the tribal thandas, as the beneficiaries were not aware of the scheme. He said that he had received many complaints from the Civil Supplies officials over the delayed supply of commodities under the Amma Hastham scheme to fair-price shops, adding that the fair-price dealers were not evincing interest for the Amma Hastam commodities as they were getting a paltry commission of Rs 3.75 per packet. The dealers are not eager to invest Rs. 1 lakh to earn such meagre commission, the officials said. Actually the dealers distribute the commodities given under white ration cards in the first week of every month, but the commodities under Amma Hastham are coming to district go-downs after 15th of every month.

Mr. Anil Kumar said the government was planning to increase the commission to Rs. 7 per packet for the fair-price shop dealers.Miryalguda go-down in-charge complained that some of the commodities are of very poor quality.


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