Anomalies in PDS to the fore
Wheat meant for BPL families under the Public Distribution System (PDS) is being allegedly sold on the black market by officials of the District Food and Supply Department in collusion with depot holders in Nangal Choudhary.
This came to light during an inquiry by District Food and Supply Controller (DFSC) KK Bishnoi.
The police have booked Assistant Food and Supply Officer (AFSO) Munshi Ram, Inspector Mahipal Singh, Sub-Inspector (SI) Sunil Kumar and Confed transport contractor under Sections 406, 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and Sections 7, 10 and 15 of the Essential Commodities Act.
The DFSC has written to the state authorities for action against the erring officials and filed a complaint with the Mahendragarh SP.
“I had received a complaint on January 13 that Munshi Ram, Mahipal and Sunil were selling wheat meant for BPL families to private persons in collusion with depot holders and the transport contractor. The complaint said wheat was being supplied to a private flour mill instead of ration depots,” Bishnoi said, adding the allegations in the complaint was found true during the inquiry.
He said when officials got a wind about the inquiry, they tried to supply wheat to depots concerned in two trucks to evade action.
The AFSO did not contact the police in spite of being asked to seize the trucks.
Rajkaran, in-charge of the Nangal Choudhary police station, said statements of officials and other accused were being recorded. Those found guilty would be arrested.