ANFPSA supports nation-wide agitation
DIMAPUR — All Nagaland Fair Price Shop Association (ANFPSA) has supported the nation-wide agitation called by the All India Fair Price Shop Dealers’ Federation (AIFPSDF) in their demand to the Government of India to address the issue raised by the FPS dealers.
The demands are as follows:
1. To continue supply of food grains under the old PMGKAY schemes as before,
2. To minimise harassments of the cardholders, an alternative arrangement as stated by Minister of State, Department of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution should be made by allowing distribution through e-PoS device by inserting Aadhaar number of the affected cardholders in cases of emergency.
3. Implement the recommendation of “World Food Program” (3rd party) with a minimum FPS margin of INR 764 only per quintal by the central government.
4. Ensuring a minimum monthly income guarantee of INR 50,000 only in the form of honorarium to FPS dealers.
5. Handling/ transit loss for rice, wheat and sugar should be allowed atleast @ 1 kg per quintal.
6. To supply edible oil, pulses and sugar through fair price shops for arresting its spiraling prices at the same time boost up the concerned farmers as well.
7. Supply of food grains in jute gunny bag to be ensured.
8. Allowing the fair price shop dealers of the rural areas to function as direct procurement agents (DPA) for rice and wheat.
9. Compensation for Corona victim dealers should be paid @ INR 50 lakh as granted by the state of Rajasthan.
10. Advance payment of margin as provided for in the NFSA-2013 must be immediately ensured and all due margins for all the states/ UTs should be reimbursed immediately.
11. “West Bengal Ration Model “distribution of ration to all Indian citizens i.e “Food for All” be implemented throughout the country.
Consequent upon the directives received from the Federation, the phase-wise nation-wide agitation has been affected from December 1 to the 15th by wearing black badge and from December 16 to the 31st by writing and submission of memorandum to the union government.
It informed that an indefinite ‘ration bandh’ would be initiated from January 1, 2024.
The association informed all FPS dealers in Nagaland to support the stand of federation by not lifting the ration from January 2024 onwards till further notice from the All India FPS Dealers’ Federation.
Further, the association appealed to the Food and Civil Supplies department, public and beneficiaries (ration card holder) in particular to understand, cooperate and bear with the fair price shop dealers.