PDS wheat scam rocks Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar: Noisy scenes were witnessed in the state Assembly on Wednesday after Opposition Congress fired a fresh salvo at the ruling BJD alleging that large scale irregularities in public distribution system (PDS) were continuing in the state at the behest of corrupt officials.

The Congress’s allegation followed a Tuesday OTV investigative report which busted a subsidized wheat scam racket in Khurda town.

Members of the Opposition seeking an adjournment motion notice on the issue attacked the treasury bench members that corruption in the PDS had come to the fore which was continuing in the state for quite a long time.

“The report has rightly proved that black marketing and unethical practices are rampant in the subsidized wheat distribution system which is provided by the Centre.”

The members too demanded the arrest of the contractor whose involvement was reported in the scam.

On the other hand Food Supplies minister Pratap Keshari Deb admitting flaws in the prevalent PDS said that two teams have been formed which would submit report within three days.

“A case has also been filed against the contractor who is reportedly involved in the supply of food grains”, said Deb.

According to the investigative report, as many as nine truck loads of subsidized wheat went missing on March 14 on their way from the Food Corporation of India (FCI) office in Jatni to Supply Corporation’s depot.

It was too revealed that even after five days the trucks failed to reach the destination, located just seven kilometers away from the FCI office.

The district collector had ordered immediate probe into the matter soon after the incident came to limelight.