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Body led by CM’s brother threatens anti-govt stir

Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s younger brother,Prahlad Modi,who heads the Fair Price Shop Owners’ and Kerosene License Holders’ Association...

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Prahlad Modi demands hike in commission for fair price shopowners,kerosene license holders

Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s younger brother,Prahlad Modi,who heads the Fair Price Shop Owners’ and Kerosene License Holders’ Association,has threatened to launch an agitation if the state government does not fulfil their demands by May 15.

The decision was taken at a meeting of fair price shopowners and kerosene license holders from various districts here today. Prahlad said that justice was not done to shopowners and license holders even as they are the “link” between the government and public.

“As the price rise continues,it has become difficult for the association members to survive. The government should either increase the commission given to the shopowners or fix their monthly salary between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000,” he said.

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He further said that the government has decided to give biometric ration cards to check the use of bogus cards.

For this,shopowners have to fill up the four-page forms comprising details of the card holders. On this,Prahlad said,“Government employees should fill up the forms and not the shopowners.”

He also emphasised the need for giving enough stock of the goods to the shopowners.

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He added that they have put forward their demands before the civil supplies department on several occasions,but nothing has been done in the last five years.

“We have given an ultimatum to the government that if our demands are not met,will come on the roads and start an agitation. We have spoken to the state Civil Supplies Minister Narottam Patel and are expecting a positive move from him,” he said.

There are over 25,000 shopowners and kerosene license holders in the state.

First published on: 06-05-2010 at 01:10 IST
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