Graft Charge Against FCI Officials
Rice millers withdraw affidavits
Gurdaspur, July 7
In a volte-face, rice millers of the district, who had earlier submitted affidavits against senior FCI officers levelling charges of corruption, have now withdrawn them, claiming that they had submitted the sworn statements in a “fit of rage”.
Owners of eight rice mills had submitted affidavits to various agencies, including the Union Food Supply Minister, Director, CBI, and Chief Income Tax Commissioner (Punjab), levelling charges of corruption against Gurdaspur FCI officials.
Subsequently, the General Manager, North Zone, FCI, Neel Kanth S Awadh, initiated a departmental inquiry into the charges. AS Arunachalam, Deputy General Manager (Region), was entrusted with the inquiry.
Insiders claim that once the all-powerful FCI Employees Union — the Bharatiya Khadya Nigam Karamchari Sangh (BKNKS) (Gurdaspur) — started backing their officers, the rice milers found themselves caught in a dilemma. The millers, sources claim, were under tremendous pressure to take back the affidavits.
The millers have become a virtual laughing stock in the district for their volte-face. Interestingly, the rice shellers, in the new affidavits, have termed the same officer, whom they earlier had claimed as “a corrupt officer”, as a “very co-operative and honest officer.”