Staff Reporter

Criminal action to be taken against erring salesmen; ‘ensure transparency in the sales process’

A box has been kept at the Office of the Joint Registrar of Co-operative Societies

Those committing irregularities will be dismissed from service

SALEM: The Co-operative department has instructed all salesmen in fair price shops to seize bogus cards in their areas and hand them over immediately to the authorities.

A box had been kept at the Office of the Joint Registrar of Co-operative Societies for the salesmen to drop the bogus cards seized from the public.

Stern action would be initiated against the salesmen, if they failed to hand over the bogus cards, Joint Registrar of Co-operative Societies B. Joghee said. Participating in a training programme for the salesmen held here recently, Mr. Joghee said that the government was trying to ensure proper distribution of goods under the public distribution system (PDS). It was spending crores of rupees as subsidy for supplying essential goods under the PDS to a large number of families.

The success of the system was largely depended on the salesmen working at the fair price shops.

Transparency

They should ensure transparency in the sales process and remove the irregularities, he pointed out.

Out of the total family cards in Salem district, about 10 to 15 percent were said to be bogus cards.

The government had taken a number of initiatives to eliminate these bogus cards.

The salesmen were also asked to detect and seize the bogus cards immediately.

The cards seized by the salesmen should be handed over to the department immediately.

Salesmen should take this as a final opportunity to detect and seize the bogus cards, he said.

If goods were distributed to the bogus cards, the government would impose fine including the cost of the goods supplied to such cards, on the salesmen. Criminal action would also be initiated against the salesmen. Those committing irregularities would be dismissed from service, Mr. Joghee warned.

Mr. Joghee asked the salesmen to open the shops on time and maintain records properly.

He instructed the salesmen to inform the stock position via Short Messaging Service to higher officials concerned every day.

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