Govt cracks down on pulses hoarders

Bhubaneswar: Amid allegations of pulses hoarding by traders in the twin city, the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department of Odisha sealed a godown in Mancheswar area here on Friday after seizing pulses stocked inside it.

Sources said large number of sacks filled with pulses which were stored inside Manashya Associates has been seized by the department officials.

While huge number of poly sacks packed with pulses was found stacked inside the godown, an equal quantity was found lying on the floor, sources added.

The officials of the department had conducted a raid on the godown yesterday following a tip-off.
Though as per government standards, a trader can stock pulses upto a maximum limit of 75 quintals, the quantity of stocked pulses seems to be exceeding the stipulated limit, officials conducting the raid said.

“We have sealed the godown after seizing the pulses. Appropriate action will be taken against the trader after verifying the quantity of stocked pulses,” Ravi Narayan Barik, ADM, Khurda said.

However the trader denied any illegality in stocks.

“The stock is as per government guidelines. There is no illegal hoarding of pulses,” Anil Agarwal, owner of the godown said.

Meanwhile, the officials of the Food Supplies department raided Balaji Agro Industries Ltd in Khurda industrial estate for allegedly hoarding pulses. Two mills in Jatni were also searched.