Ration dealers to get a three-fold hike in margin money: Delhi Govt

Ration dealers to get a three-fold hike in margin money: Delhi Govt

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New Delhi, Feb 9 : Delhi government is considering to give a three fold-hike in the margin money to the ration dealers in Delhi, which is Rs 200 per quintal from Rs 70 per quintal given at present.

Minister Imran Hussain has announced that the proposal to be placed before the cabinet at the earliest for trebling the margin money from Rs 70 to Rs 200 per quintal, an official release said on Saturday.

He said that there was a long pending demand of Fair Price Shop (FPS) owners for increase in margin money in order to enable them run the FPSs in a sustainable and viable manner, adding that this proposal will be placed before the Cabinet for its approval at the earliest.

This announcement came after Hussain's meeting with the office-bearers of Delhi Sarkari Ration Dealers Sangh, which was also attended by the Commissioner, Food & Supplies (CFS), Special Commissioners, Food & Supplies and other senior officers of the department.

The minister stated that the Government earlier decided to raise payment of margin money to the dealers from Rs 70 per quintal to Rs 200 per quintal of foodgrains, while introducing e-PoS system of distribution under the National Food Secutiry Act, 2013.

However, due to severe deficiencies observed in the e-PoS based distribution, the government was forced to suspend the operation of e-PoS devices.

Hussain also urged the FPS dealers to make sure that they co-operate with the Delhi government in ensuring that poor and needy ration beneficiaries obtain their due ration as per their entitlements accurately and timely. The Minister also assured the FPS dealers all necessary cooperation from the government in achieving this objective.(UNI)