Help us get firewood, say ‘poders’ to Manohar Parrikar
After having approached the government earlier with their grievances, the All Goa Bakers Association have submitted a memorandum to chief minister Manohar Parrikar and environment minister Alina Saldanha on Tuesday asking for government assistance in sourcing firewood for them.
"Goan bakers face lots of difficulties to procure firewood within the state. The association had approached the government with a request to supply firewood from government forest depots, but till date there has been no support," said Agapito Menezes, president of the association.
"In view of this the association wants to bring to your notice that there is an auction at Sanguem taluka this month. We request that 75% of the stock of firewood be auctioned to the bakers of Goa," added Menezes in the memorandum.
In October last year, the bakers had decided to raise the price of pao from 2.50 to 4 in view of the high cost of labour, flour, sugar, LPG, diesel, firewood, etc. Following their meeting with Parrikar they then reduced the rate to 3 following the chief minster's assurance to work out a financial package.
Members of the association further stated that along with flour, firewood prices have shut up. They pointed out that the cost had increased from 12,000 per truckload to 15,000 and further to 17,000 for a higher quality wood (zambo). Ten years ago, firewood cost 6,000 per truck. [TOI]