Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The Ernakulam district committee of the All Kerala Retail Ration Dealers’ Association will take out a motor campaign, raising a variety of demands on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Johnny Nellore, district president, said ration shops in the areas through which the campaign passes would remain closed. The campaign will be undertaken by dividing the district into three separate zones. Public meetings would be held at main junctions in the evenings, explaining the reasons for the campaign.

Increase in the commission of the ration dealers, stopping imposition of excessive fines, implementation of the A.A.Y. Commission recommendations, permission to sell other articles through ration shops, preserving the right of successors of the ration shop owners to operate the shops, ensuring efficient functioning of Sabari stores, continuing the door delivery system that was launched on a trial basis, reinstatement of the rice distribution to Above Poverty Line cardholders, and ensuring supply of sugar to all ration cardholders were among the demands raised by the ration retailers.

Electronic machines

Mr. Nellore said while the ration retail dealers readily implemented electronic weighing machines when asked, they were yet to be used in the outlets of wholesalers and FCI godowns.

He said though the State Food Minister had declared in 2006 that the commission of the ration retail dealers would be increased within two months, nothing had come of it yet.

The ration shop owners were made to run from pillar to post to get reimbursement for the free ration announced by the State government from time to time. Under the Antyodaya scheme alone, the dealers in the district were to get a commission of Rs. 11 lakh, he said.

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