TAMIL NADU

Ration shop `short-changing residents'

UNFAIR PRACTICE?: Injambakkam residents wait for several hours to get their rations at a fair price shop, but they complain of underweighing. — Photo: A. Muralitharan

UNFAIR PRACTICE?: Injambakkam residents wait for several hours to get their rations at a fair price shop, but they complain of underweighing. — Photo: A. Muralitharan  

A long wait, and under-weighing of provisions at Injambakkam fair price shop allege cardholders

Staff Reporter

TAMBARAM: Residents of Injambakkam off the East Coast Road say that they are being short changed when purchasing essential commodities from a fair price shop run by the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation.

At any given time, hundreds of cardholders wait in queues for several hours for rations. The shop caters to nearly 3,000 persons in the Panchayat, said wards members of the local body.

The wait is long, but what irks cardholders is the under-weighing of provisions. Residents say they are entitled to 10 litres of kerosene, but get much less. A woman, pointing to her mineral water can, said it had a capacity of 12 litres but that a little more than half was filled at the shop. The residents alleged that though they paid Rs. 87 a month, the cost of 10 litres of kerosene, they only got about 8 litres.

Selvi, a decade-long resident of the area, alleged that on almost all occasions, all items bought at the shop were short measured. This forced them to buy a few more litres of fuel in the open market at Rs. 25 a litre, he said. Women who had queued up at the fair price shop alleged under weighing of rice. A 10-kg bagful of rice at the fair price shop contained less than the quantity.

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