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Irregularities in food department godowns! MLA Ramadass turns whistleblower, minister K Gopalaiah orders probe

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Mysuru: Former minister and MLA S A  Ramadass has unearthed irregularities at the warehouses of food and civil supplies and consumer affairs department in the city.

Following his letter, Food and Civil Supplies Minister K Goplaiah has directed the principal secretary of the department to probe and submit a report in the matter.

Former minister and MLA S A Ramadass inspecting the records at the warehouse of a food and civil supplies and consumer affairs department in Mysuru.

Following the lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced to distribute rice and tur Dal for free to the beneficiaries of Antyodaya and BPL card holders under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. Accordingly the rice and dal had been sent to the warehouses to be distributed through the depots.

However, the MLA had received complaints about irregularities in the distribution of such commodities to depots.

Acting on the complaints, Ramadass himself visited some of the warehouses and the allegations appeared to be true at the outset.

In his observation, Ramadass has stated that the store rooms inside the warehouses are devoid of CCTV surveillance. Surprisingly, the CCTV cameras installed at the warehouses in Hebbal and APMC have gone kaput from the past one and a half months coinciding with the time when the lockdown was announced in the country, suffice to doubt on the system in place. So also, there is a lack of supervision on the entry and exit of vehicles, absence of ledger system and also no security guards.

Further, 350 quintals of rice ( 750 sacks) has been transported to depot number 311, in a lorry not registered with the warehouse as per the procedure, from a warehouse at Bamboo Bazaar on New Sayyaji Rao road. The warehouse is managed by MCDCCW Stores Limited, New Santhepet. There is also no sight of indent bills to believe in the version of supervisors.

The same lorry is used to transport essential commodities on April 22 and May 2. On May 02, a bid was made to transport additional 150 quintals of rice in another lorry only to be caught redhanded. A case in this regard is registered at Mandi police station. In both the instances, there is a CCTV evidence as it is recorded on the camera.

– Team Mysoorunews


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