Owners of fair price shops in Surat,Tapi,Valsad,the Dangs and Navsari districts in south Gujarat have decided not to take part in the statewide agitation called for by the Fair Price Shopowners Association of Gujarat,which is led by Chief Minister Narendra Modis brother Prahalad Modi.
The call for strike was given to press their demands for increasing the quantity of supply of foodgrains and kerosene and and for increasing the commission rates.
The association is also opposed to an online permit system and bar-coded ration cards.
Babu Patel,president of association of fair price shopowners in Surat,said,They did not take our consent to start the agitation. They should have consulted district presidents. When we protested against the governments decision of bar-coding cards,our parent body did not support us and the government cancelled licences of some shop owners.
He claimed shopowners in Navsari Tapi,Valsad and the Dangs also shared his view.
Speed Post,e-Post pick up service to spread wings
Ahmedabad: Gujarat Postal Circle will extend the number of post offices offering e-Post and Speed Post pick up service to 1,200 by the end of February. At present,483 post offices across the state offer this facility,said an official release on Thursday. The Department is also planning to offer concessional rates to corporate customers who register with post offices for reaching out to clients in remote areas,the release added.