Six men, including the branch manager of a silo bag storage company, have been charged with allegedly mixing sand, concrete and raw material into government-purchased wheat in Satna in Madhya Pradesh.
Just a few days ago, sand was found in sacks of government-purchased paddy rice sent to a storage depot by a female SHG in Nagod, in the same district.
About 7 lakh quintals of wheat purchased by the government from farmers in the past two years were stored in the respective silo, of which about 3 lakh quintals have already been transported for distribution under Public Distribution System (PDS) to various parts of Madhya Pradesh. besides Bihar and Jharkhand.
Last week, a video of sand, concrete and dust mixed with government-purchased wheat went viral on social media. The video was shot and uploaded by Ayush Pandey, who worked as a computer operator in the same silo. He claimed that he had made a complaint about the incident to the silo’s management, but instead of acting on the complaint, the management fired him.
An investigation by a multi-departmental team has revealed that sand, concrete and raw material were mixed with the government-purchased wheat in the silo in Banda village to increase the weight of the food grain before it was sent for distribution to BPL families under PDS .
On Thursday, NewsMadura questioned Prime Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan about alleged irregularities.
“Cases are being registered and people are being arrested because of such irregularities,” Chief Minister Chouhan said.
Subsequently, a case was registered at Rampur Baghelan Police Station against six men, including the branch manager of the involved silo bag storage company Jyoti Prasad, computer operator Ayush Pandey and four others fired under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.