Pradeep Pattanayak

Allegations of corruption in the distribution of PDS articles are being reported from different parts of the state on every alternate day. The latest such allegation was reported from Bhadrak district. 

Scores of PDS beneficiaries at Brahmanigaon village under Basudevpur block gheraoed the dealer for allegedly forcing them to take money in lieu of rice on Sunday.

According to the allegations of the beneficiaries, Umakant Sahu, the dealer, had to distribute three months’ rice but he distributed two months’ only. When the beneficiaries enquired about the rest one month’s rice, Sahu asked them to take Rs 20 a kilogram for the rest one month’s rice. 

When the beneficiaries confronted the dealer, the latter threatened the former with dire consequences. 

“Umakanta Sahu has been skipping the dates to give us the rest one month’s rice. He is forcing us to take money at Rs 20 a kilogram,” alleged Annapurna Sethi, a beneficiary. 

Echoing the same, another beneficiary Anam Behera said, “He (Umakanta Sahu) asked me to take two months’ rice and money for the rest one month. When denied, he asked me to come the next month.”

However, Sahu denied the allegations. 

“Swearing by God’s name, I am telling you that I have not asked them (beneficiaries) to take money for one month’s rice.”

  • Reported by:
  • Suryadoya Biswal