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Depot holders to hold protest rally in Chandigarh tomorrow

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, January 06, 2014
First Published: 20:13 IST(6/1/2014) | Last Updated: 20:15 IST(6/1/2014)

The Punjab depot holder union has decided to hold a rally on Wednesday in Chandigarh to press the government  to accept their demands.

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Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Gurjinder Singh Sidhu,  leader of the union, said that, "Over 20,000 depot holders across the state would participate in the rally."

The depot holders have been on the war path since December 2 demanding increase in commission or fixation of their salary.

"We are getting the same commission since 1955, the year when the public distribution system was introduced.

The government, instead of listening to our demands, has been threatening us to close all the depots permanently," said Sidhu.

"Due to steep increase in commodity prices, it has become very difficult to survive for the depot holders with meagre commission. To press for our genuine demands, all the depot holders from the state would participate in the state-level protest," he added.

Jaswinder Singh Kharar, Harbhajan Singh, Surinder Singh Shinda, Manjit Singh and Sham Lal were among those present on the occasion.

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