The state government will take action against those owners of the PDS shops in the Darjeeling hills who have kept their outlets closed owing to the general strike called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. This was announced Tuesday by Minister for Food and Supplies Jyotipriya Mullick at Writers Buildings.
In the hills,there are 700 ration shops out of which 565 (275 in Darjeeling,159 in Kalimpong and 131 in Kurseong) have remained open. We have warned the remaining shop owners that if they do not open their shops the government will take action against them, Mullick said.
The minister added that the state,in order to check black-marketing of the foodgrains by dishonest ration shop owners would soon introduce a system wherein officials from the food department will be deployed at the FCI godowns during the time of collection and distribution of foodgrains.
So far ration shopowners used to go to the godowns and in 11 per cent of cases,the grains would land elsewhere. We will deploy one food inspector for every five PDS shop owners. In addition,there will be personnel from the Enforcement Branch of the police also, the minister added.