End-to-End computerization ensured against any grain pilferage: Ashu


DW BUREAU / Chandigarh Due to end to end computerization implemented by the Punjab Government, the department was successful in stamping out any possibility of grain pilferage during the distribution of foodgrains and pulses to the beneficiaries of PMGKAY under the Punjab National Food Security Act. It was disclosed by Punjab Food & Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu here today. Terming the Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal's demand of CBI probe as ridiculous, Ashu said that these types of demands are just gimmicks aiming to gain political mileage. Describing the demand for probe as absurd, Ashu said that the instructions of the government had been strictly adhered to during the distribution of foodgrains and no one from the congress party worker or leaders had any role in this distribution. Responding to a query raised by Sukhbir Badal on the delay in distribution of grain and pulses, the Minister said that a letter was written on April 1, 2020 to the Union Government requesting them to expedite the delivery of pulses. However on our part, Punjab Government had immediately got released the wheat quota allocated to it by centre by from FCI, he added. He disclosed that the main reason for impediment in distribution was delayed supply of pulses by NAFED and bad quality pulses supplied by them. "We have received various complaints from many districts of the state including Mohali that pulses supplied by Union Government is not suitable for human consumption. We took immediate action and consignment of pulses were sent back from various places, he said adding that the first consignment of pulses was received on April 13th this year, which was 42 MT and despite all this the department had started distribution on 18th April 2020 in 18 out of 22 districts of the state. He stated that the state had received only 2646 metric tonnes of pulses by 30th April and started distribution in all the districts of the state. He said that out of the total pulses received at Patiala, 45 metric tonnes of pulses were sent back to Central Pool due to the poor quality. Similarly in Mohali, dal was reported to be not suitable for human consumption as it contained pigeon droppings . (editor@dailyworld.in)


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