SRINAGAR: The state government has usurped the three year commission of fair price shop dealers after introducing a new policy to accommodate fresh dealers. The old dealers on Wednesday accused the department of food, civil supplies and consumer affairs (FCS&CA) of withholding their overdue commission.
According to the dealers they were engaged for a long time on consolidated pay following a cabinet decision number 127 of July 16, 2014.
“Till now the Government has failed to implement the decision. It is unfortunate that we are without the basic commission for the past three years. We are moving from pillar to post but nobody listens to our pleas,” president of fair price dealers union Tanveer Hussain Pathan said.
Demanding implementation of the cabinet decision he said, “When we were engaged the state government promised us permanent jobs.”
Pathan said there were around 3500 fair price employees in J&K including 1200 from Kashmir, working without commission for the past three years. He said that instead of accommodating the existing dealers, the FCS&CA was trying to issue new licences for the dealers. “We will oppose the issuance of new fair price shop licenses by FCS&CA. When they are not able to release our commission how would they engage freshers?” he said.
The dealers threatened to launch a state wide stir if their demands were not met.
“We will hold state wide protests and demonstrations if our earned commission is not released as soon as possible,” they said.
“We hail from poor families. We are posted at peripheries. We fail to understand why our commission hasn’t been released,” said Mohammad Yawar an employee.
The dealers expressed resentment over the delay in payment of their commission and implementation of the cabinet decision. “The Government wants to appoint blue-eyed candidates. This is the reason they are delaying the favours. We are being exploited,” he said
Speaking with the Kashmir Reader Director of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Nissar Ahmad Wani said the cabinet decision was not followed by any order by the government.
“The cabinet decision has been withdrawn by a new cabinet decision. There is new fair price shop policy now in which new 4300 fair price shops will be created on commission basis,” he said.