Chandigarh, May 13:
In a huge relief to the depot holders of the State, the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department today released Rs. 42 crore as commission to them on the directions of the Minister Mr. Lal Chand Kataruchak for distribution of wheat under Pradhan Mantri Ann Kalyan Yojana (PMAKY).
Presiding over a meeting with the depot holders of the State at Anaj Bhawan in Sector-39, Mr. Lal Chand Kataruchak said that the State Government is fully apprised of the problems being encountered by the depot holders and is fully engaged to address the same. He also said that as part of the solution, the Government is sincerely exploring the option to allow the depot holders for selling some MARKFED manufactured products. As MARKFED is a name to reckon with in the market and has a great brand value, the income of depot holders is likely to increase manifold by selling these products.
The Minister further divulged that the issues such as increasing the commission of depot holders besides the eligible beneficiaries being left out of the ration card scheme, are also under his active consideration and no stone would be left unturned to resolve these.
Drawing the line, the Minister categorically said that complete transparency is being ensured in the functioning of the department with zero tolerance towards corruption. He appealed to everybody to come forward and join hands with the Government for creating a new, progressive as well as a prosperous Punjab.
Among others present on the occasion included the Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Mr. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Director Mr. Abhinav Trikha and the State President of the Punjab Raj Depot Holder Union (Sidhu) and the Vice President of the All India Fair Price Shop Federation Captain Gurjinder Singh Sidhu.