FAIR PRICE SHOP OWNERS DEMAND COMPENSATION IF GOVT INTENDS TO STOP FAIR PRICE SHOPS
Margao: The fair Prices shopkeepers are annoyed with the statement by Civil Supplies Minister Govind Gawde against the Fair Price Shops and have demanded lump sum compensation if the Government intends to stop the shops. The association felt the statement was irresponsible and has decided to attend the upcoming meeting to register their protest.
The All Goa Fair price Shop Owners And Consumer Cooperative Societies Association has recently elected its new committee. Joaquim Fernandes, Chairman, Prakash Naik Vice Chairman, Gandhi Henriques, Gen Sec, Babu Mangeshkar, Treasurer and Michael D'Costa Ex Officio Member is the new committee. The new Chairman of the Committee Joaquim Fernandes said "Before making any statements the Minister should know that the Fair price shops are given to unemployed persons as a form of self employment. While the Government Employees and laborers get enhanced remunerations, the fairprice shops remain the same" said Joaquim Fernandes.
There are 443 fair price shop owners across Goa and the Association of All Goa Fair price Shop Owners And Consumer Cooperative Societies has expressed their displeasure over the Ministers statement.
The committee has also said that the Government and the Civil Supplies Department has stopped Sugar, Oil and Textile supplies from the fair price shops and now they have also reduced the allotment of Rice from 15 kgs to 7 and wheat from 10 kgs to 5 kgs. They also said that the wastage of the supplies which is at 20% is also not calculated while allotment.
The AGFPSOA has also decided not to use or accept the Department supplied machines as there have been lots of machines that failed in the past.
DEMAND OF PRINTING PRESS SALES COUNTER UNFULFILLED TILL DATE
Margao: The demand for reopening of the Government Printing Press Sales Counter at Margao even after allotment order from the District Collector has remained unfulfilled for the last 2 months. The sales counter which was at the Communidade building has been discontinued long ago forcing people to travel to Panaji for necessary official paraphernalia. The NGO GOACAN had written to the Government for the reopening of the sales counter in Margao for the benefit of consumers of South Goa District after which the district collector in an order had allotted shop number 12 at the Matanhy Saldanha Administrative Complex. The proposal for the same was approved by the Government earlier. The order was passed on 25th of April but there is no sign to any work having been done here.
GOACAN had in a letter to the Government Printing Press Director Shri Damodar Shanke has urged him to take stepsto reopen the Govt. Printing Press sales counter in Margao at the Matanhy Saldanha Administrative Complex with immediate effect and thereby bring relief to the consumers of South Goa for the new financial year 2018-19.
Now, all eyes are set on the new District Collector so as to see how fast he gets the process done in this matter and several others pertaining to people of South Goa.