Feel it will be unviable and eat into their meagre profits; Approach Civil Supplies Minister with grievances
PANJIM: Fair price shop owners in the State have objected to installation of biometric system based point of sales (POS) machines claiming this would be unviable.
Herald had reported on Thursday how ration card holders will have to produce their thumb impression to claim their quota of commodities at fair price shops, with the government setting up POS machines in all 442 fair price ration shops latest by August.
Objecting to this, All Goa Consumers Co-operative Society and Fair Price Shop Owners Association has approached Civil Supplies Minister Govind Gaude stating this would unviable.
“Today we are handling only rice and wheat, whereas, earlier it was also sugar, oil, kerosene. The quantity of rice and wheat per card is also reduced. With everything at the end of month, we earn around Rs 2500. But with installation of POS machines, we will be left with no benefit,” the operators said.
“With spiraling prices of almost every item, like fuel, power, salary of staff, stationery, rent of the premises, transport charges, etc, we are unable to install the POS devices that will entail additional expenses. The units have become therefore non-viable,” they said.
All Goa Consumers Co-operative Society and Fair Price Shop Owners Association have also approached Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida, who, in a letter to the Minister, has sought his intervention.
The MLA has requested the Minister to check as to what the current income of fair price shop owners is, and what would be the income once POS machines are installed. “I feel he will be surprised to know the present income of one shop is just Rs 2011 and other is less than Rs 5970 excluding the rent, electricity bill, salary, etc,” Almeida said.