Chandigarh: The notice issued by the UT administration saying that wheat will be supplied instead of flour in government fair price shops has caused much heartburn. Both residents and depot holders say this will make life more difficult.
Much to the consternation of APL and BPL card holders or underprivileged families living in Chandigarh, the administration has issued a notice to depot holders informing them that wheat will be provided at government fair price shops instead of Atta or flour from August one.
This comes as a blow to people who depend on government fair price shops for their monthly supplies. Those affected say wheat not only costs more than flour but also entails a time consuming process of washing and drying.
Depot holders are also upset with the decision on the grounds that they will now have to hire people to weigh and distribute wheat. This naturally means long queues outside the fair price shops.
President of the Government fair price shop association Karam Chand Sood said they want the supply of atta to continue and would raise the issue with MP Pawan Kumar Bansal.
BJP and Congress councilors expressed support for depot holders. While the Congress councilor said he would meet Pawan Kumar Bansal, BJP councilors said they would stage an agitation with depot holders if need be.
There are 45 government fair price shops for around 90,000 apl and BPL card holders in Chandigarh. Depot holders argued that they get only 9 thousand tons of wheat as against their requirement of required 27 thousand tones. But instead of augmenting supply of flour, the administration has decided to stop it altogether.
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