Bhbaneswar: Dec 14; Government Control Dealers Association secretary Iswar Mohanty alleged that the Government has deliberately paid a deaf ear to the long standing demands of the control dealers in the State.
Out of the 28,000 control dealers under the public distribution system (PDS) in the State, more than 2,000 are working in Ganjam district alone. Mohanty pointed out that these control dealers have been very sincerely doing their duty and especially during the natural calamities like Phailin and Hudhud they efficiently distributed rations among the people in the worst-hit Ganjam district. However, Mohanty said that the Government has been very apathetic towards the control dealers and has chosen to remain cold in mitigating their problems.
The association said that thousands of control dealers will take out a rally in Bhubaneswar and gherao the State Assembly with a five-point charter of demands on December 15. The core demands include inclusion of 90 per cent of the people of the State under Food Security Act, regularization of services of all the retailers, commission to retail sellers at `200 per quintal in rural areas and Rs 150 in urban areas, payment of shop rent, energy charges, and remuneration to the assistants of the shops.