Staff Reporter

Seek steps to arrest price rise of essential commodities

KOZHIKODE: The All-Kerala Retail Ration Dealers' Association will take out a march and stage a protest in front of Parliament on March 7 to highlight the need for concerted measures to bring down prices of essential commodities.

A 50-member delegation, led by M.V. Basheer, State working president of All Kerala Ration Dealers' Association, will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Petroleum Minister.

The delegation will present memoranda on the need to bring down the prices of essential commodities.

The association flayed the apathy of the authorities and their failure in strengthening the public distribution system (PDS).

Revival of PDS

The association said the Union Budget-2007 made no provision to revive the PDS neglected by the State Govenerment and the Centre for the past few years.

Mr. Basheer and T. Mohammed Ali, State organising secretary of the association, said the rise in prices was one of the worst ever in the State.

Though the State Government initiated measures to arrest the price rise to a certain extent, the Centre failed to provide assistance projects.

The association office-bearers alleged that the situation could have been avoided if the Centre and the State Government had taken note of the memoranda submitted as well as protests organised by the association in this regard.

It said the people would have to face hardship if the PDS was not revived.