ANFPSA serves ultimatum on state govt

DIMAPUR, OCT 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/19/2021 1:02:02 PM IST

All Nagaland Fair Price Shop Association (ANFPSA) has served an ultimatum on the state government to release the transportation and handling charges of fair price shop dealers, which had been pending for about three years, within this month.

ANFPSA through its information cell cautioned that the association would launch democratic forms of agitation from November 2021 onwards in the event of the government’s failure to address its genuine appeal.  ANFPSA also warned that the state government would be solely held responsible for any commotion that arises.

The association said representation was submitted to the state government with through the office of the food and civil supplies director to release the pending bill, but “the appeal was kept in the dark without paying due urgency.”

It pointed out that the transportation and handling commission for fair price shop dealers had a backlog of nearly three years along with the distribution of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY). 

Besides the normal monthly food grain distribution to NFSA 2013 beneficiaries, ANFPSA said the FPS dealers had taken up extra efforts in issuing essential commodities of different scheme announced by the Centre till date since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. The association expressed surprise at the apathy shown by the state government and the department towards the FPS dealers despite all their sacrifices and commitment.

Asserting that FPS dealers all over the state were facing serious financial constraints, the association has appealed to the state government to immediately address the matter. It also said that FPS dealers could close down owing to non-payment of the margin. 

Meanwhile, ANFPSA has informed all its district unit offices to be fully prepared and respond as and when called for agitation.

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