The Punjab Depot Holders Union held a national level conference of All India Fair Price Shop Dealers Association at Kisan Bhavan on Friday demanding the government increase their salary at par with that of a clerk or they would not distribute ration under the Food Security Bill.
Prahlad Modi,senior vice-president of the association and Gujarat CM Narendra Modis younger brother,was also present at the event. He assured the association that if Modi became prime minister,the issue of depot holders would be addressed at the earliest.
Meanwhile,Gurjinder Singh Sidhu,state president of the Punjab Depot Holder Union said,There are around 6.13 lakh depot holders who provide ration at cheaper rates to 80 per cent of the population. We should be given proper salaries,equal to that of a clerk. The government needs to pay us Rs 50 per quintal carriage charge. We will not distribute any ration under the Food Security Bill until all our demands are fulfilled.
The association leaders have decided to go on an indefinite strike if their demands are not considered.
Prahlad Modi said,We need to change the government. The depot holders have to face a lot of problems and still they are paid very less salaries. They should be given at least Rs 20,000. We will not protest against the Food Security Bill as this issue will be in the limelight only till the elections. Nobody will talk about it later.
If my brother becomes PM,he will try his best to resolve this issue. Our main demands are in favour of the depot holders. Their salaries should be increased,they should be given their compensation and their problems should be addressed on a priority basis, he added.