Ration dealers in Telangana are up in arms over Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s proposal to bring in direct benefit transfer model in place of ration shops and have threatened to go to court as per a report in The Times of India.
The dealers have argued that over 40,000 families have been dependent on ration shops for their livelihood for over four decades and this move would affect them adversely.
A public meeting will be held on October 27 to chalk out a strategy to counter the government’s proposed move against ration dealers and a “ration bandh” is also proposed to be held from November 1.
Nayi Koti Raju, President of the Telangana Ration Shop Dealers Association, told TOI, “If the state government does not withdraw its proposal to replace PDS with DBT, we will intensify our agitation. CM KCR should consider our demands on humanitarian grounds. We are not getting any revenue and are hardly earning Rs 3,000 per month.”