Ranchi: Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that government was working to realize the goal of Antodaya so that it can reach to the last person in the society due to which through ration shops 35 kilograms is being provided to the poor.
Participating in a state level meeting with the ration shop keepers at the RIMS Auditorium here he said that all have the right to live and food but on many occasions complaints have been received that people were not getting the right amount of food grains and even the ration dealer can say that they too are also not getting the right weight of the food grains and soon to address their complaints on a pilot project in any block five kilograms of food grains in packet would be provided to the shopkeepers which will help to remove the grievances of both the shopkeepers and the consumers and after this pilot project becomes a success it would be implemented across the state.
He said that the shopkeepers have been demanding a salary but they should understand that salary is paid to the Government employees. Earlier the commission was increased by the state government from Rs 45 to 100 and for increasing their income in all the ration shops the government has allowed to keep items of groceries however it should not include items of PDS and for running the grocery shops the government will also work to provide them with loans under Mudra Yojana.
The Chief Minister said that to ensure proper running of the PDS shops the government apart from the commission would also be providing them with Rs 1000 per month. He said that the shop keepers have played their role to ensure the success of Ujjwala Yojana due to which 29 lakh families were benefitted and now remaining 14 lakh families needed to be covered under the scheme and in the same their cooperation was needed.
He said that they had done a fine work by helping link the poor with Ayushman Bharat Yojana and the government will also take steps to see that they are also covered under the scheme. Mr Das said that such consumers who are not taking their rations their names should be registered with district supplies officer on a priority basis as after that names of such people who are left over will be included in the list