Irregularities alleged in paddy procurement in Bargarh

Bargarh: The Fights on Rights organisation in Bargarh has brought allegations of massive irregularities in the paddy procurement in the district accusing ‘middlemen involvement’ of preparing forged documents in the name of farmers.

As per the allegations, the middlemen had been registering themselves as farmers and getting identity cards on basis of documents submitted by the peasants to the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS).

“There has been an unholy nexus between middlemen, PACS staff and cooperative staff to carry out the irregularities,” stated Debabrata Mishra, the complainant.

He further alleged that the middlemen are purchasing paddy from farmers at cheaper rates and selling them to cooperative societies through fake identity cards.

Commenting on the allegations, Bargarh administration official Dibakar Bhoi said that cultivated farmland of farmers should only be registered with the cooperative societies. “If at all any irregularities are brought to our notice, appropriate action will be taken,” he added.