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Short supply of cells for transistors

Radio dealers belonging to the All-India Radio Merchants’ Association, Madras, to-day [October 9] staged a demonstration in front of the Madras branch of the Union Carbide in Mount Road, against what they consider to be a faulty distribution of battery cells for transistor sets. The Union Carbide factory in Calcutta is said to be the only manufacturer of radio battery cells. The Association feels that the present distribution practice followed by the firm does not ensure a fair and adequate supply of cells to radio dealers. Mr. G.K. Sankar, Vice-President of the Association, along with other members, met the representatives of the firm and pressed for an adequate supply of radio battery cells to the dealers. They were asked to give a comprehensive list of their requirements and were assured that the supply position would improve in a short period. The members of the Association agreed to give the list asked for but continued their demonstration. Mr. Sankar said that though the firm had about eight distributors for the southern region, comprising the four Southern States, for battery cells, the radio dealers did not get their supplies with the result that they were unable to meet the demands of the consumers. He also said that the dealers had large stocks of transistors lying idle for want of cells. The firm is said to have different distribution channels for flash light cells and radio cells and the latter somehow did not find their way to the radio dealers. The cells were selling often at a premium of about 300 per cent of the retail price fixed by the manufacturers. During the past one year, Mr. Sankar said, 18,000 transistors had been sold to the public in Madras Zone but the dealers were unable to meet the cell requirements of their clients. The supply position was worse in the rural areas. If the manufacturers could ascertain the requirements of the members of the Association in respect of battery cells, and set apart a quota to meet them, the Association would undertake the responsibility of distribution among its members.

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