New Delhi: Recommending continuation of Kendriya Bhandar outlets from government residential colonies for “larger public interest,” a parliamentary committee said the cooperative shops were providing much-desired relief to government employees and the common man.
The panel, which submitted its report on ‘Constraints being faced by Kendriya Bhandar´ to both Houses of Parliament today, said it was of the view that the cooperative society working for the benefit of the common people should not be asked to vacate its present units.
Asking government to take a policy decision in the Cabinet, the panel said “rather, the government should provide all necessary assistance to Kendriya Bhandar since they are fulfilling the daily household needs of thousands of government employees and others.”
The panel headed by Dr E M S Natchiappan has also recommended that Kendriya Bhandar be charged a monthly license fee at flat rate equivalent to that payable by a government employee occupying government accommodation.
It also strongly recommended that the Ministry of Urban Development either return the 16 surrendered accommodations to Kendriya Bhandar or immediately provide alternative ones at nearby locations.
The panel said the Urban Development Ministry should on the lines of Mother Dairy provide land to Kendriya Bhandar at economical cost to set up retail outlets.