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All Nagaland FPS dealers to launch phase-wise agitation

DIMAPUR, NOV 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/14/2019 11:36:12 AM IST

All Nagaland Fair Price Shop Association (ANFPSA), which has been demanding release of transportation and handling charges that has been kept pending for the last 31 months, has resolved to launch phase-wise agitation against the state government.

ANFPSA through its media unit stated that the FPS dealers at a joint meeting held on November 13, 2019 in Dimapur unanimously resolved to stage sit in protest on November 26, 2019 at Directorate of Food & Civil Supplies Dimapur. In the phase-II, ANFPSA said they would down shutter of all FPS (Cease deposit and lifting of essential commodities). The association lamented that the present state government instead of addressing the problem faced by the dealers and releasing the transportation and handling charges have turned a deaf ear to their appeal. 

FPS dealers have appealed the citizens, village and colony chairman of urban & rural, GBs and the beneficiaries throughout the state to extend cooperation and support their genuine approach.

ANFPSA stated that FPS dealers representing different districts met on November 13, 2019 and discussed various issue confronting the FPS in particular and the general public (beneficiaries) as whole. 

At the meeting, the members shared difficulties faced in their respective areas with regard to handling and distribution of essential commodities to the beneficiaries under public distribution system (PDS). 

During the discourse, ANFPSA said one of the common difficulties faced by FPS dealers was the sum of money spent in transportation of goods from FCI godown to respective FPS, recuperation of transit loss in handling and distributing essential commodities and non release of transportation & handling commission by the state government. 

It pointed out that National Food Security Act 2013, was launched in Nagaland in the year 2016 and was subsequently implemented in full swing from July 2016 onwards.

As per agreed principle and lay down rules undertaken, the association said FPS dealers located in rural and urban area have take up the task of being a middle man between the government and the beneficiaries bearing all expenditure to ensure that the subsidized essential commodities reached the genuine beneficiaries on time at government’s prescribe rate. 

However, the ANFPSA expressed dismay at the government’s “apathetic response” of not addressing the plight of the FPS dealers thus far. 

FPS dealers questioned why the state government was keeping the bill pending when the central share has already been sanctioned? 

The association said FPS dealers have exercised maximum restrain thus far with the hope that the government machineries would attend to the grievances.

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