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Fair price shops demand better PDS implementation

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Beneficiaries are directing their ire at fair price shops what with the confusion over the biometric system.— File Photo
Beneficiaries are directing their ire at fair price shops what with the confusion over the biometric system.— File Photo

Fair price shop dealers are complaining that the confusion and delay in issuing biometric cards for the public distribution system (PDS) is affecting them, with beneficiaries often directing their ire at them.

Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, representatives of the Karnataka State Government Fair Price Shop Dealers’ Association demanded that the hurdles in the implementation of the biometrics be sorted out.

They added that the card-holders should not be made to pay an additional Rs. 50 as enrolment fee, and the private agency that bungled up the biometrics enrolment process be held accountable.

T. Krishnappa of the association also pointed out that the department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs was yet to implement biometrics at the wholesale godowns.

“Without doing that, no corruption can be weeded out. The fact is that in every quintal of rice, a few kilos are missing. This is the first step that should be implemented.”

‘Private agency that bungled up the biometrics enrolment process should be held accountable’

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