The government has decided to more than double the commission of ration dealers and grant them a festival allowance of Rs.500 during Onam. Minister for Food and Civil Supplies T.M. Jacob said after discussions with representatives of ration dealers here on Tuesday that the commission would be raised from Rs.35 to Rs.75 a quintal. Commission payment should be made on kilometre basis instead of zone basis. The Minister said that that 14,556 ration dealers in the State would get the bonus which had been a long-standing demand of the dealers. The age limit for pension payments from ration dealers' welfare fund would be reduced from 65 years to 60 years. The pension would be increased from Rs.500 to Rs.1,000 a month. The contribution payable by members of the fund would increase from Rs.50 a month to Rs.100 .

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