Hike in margin money for ration dealers mooted

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Hike in margin money for ration dealers mooted

Sunday, 10 February 2019 | Sapna Singh | NEW DELHI

The Delhi Government on Saturday announced a proposal of three-fold hike in margin money to fair price for shop owners will be placed in Cabinet. If the proposal gets approve in Cabinet, ration dealers will get Rs 200 per quintal of foodgrain which is Rs 70 currently.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain said matter of increasing margin money for the ration dealers in offline mode is under active consideration of the Government.

Notably, the Minister also announced about pending arrears of ration dealers.  “The demand of ration dealers for payment of arrears of margin money from October 2013 to September 31, 2014, has also been acceded to by the Government. 

“The matter is now being forwarded by F&S Department, the Government of India, for payment of equal amount of arrears as Central Assistance, as provided under the law,” said Hussain.

The announcement came after his 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.

Hussain said that the proposal to increase margin money is being made keeping in view all relevant factors in mind such as daily wages of fair price holders, storage cost, shortage incurred during retail distribution, electricity charges and reasonable commission and profit.

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