Over 5,000 quintals of substandard wheat mixed with stone, sand grit and mud has been sent to Guna in Madhya Pradesh for distribution among below poverty line (BPL) families through the public distribution system.
From the look of it the wheat is not worth human consumption as pests have also infested it. The wheat has been sent to Guna from Jabalpur and has been stored in a government warehouse.
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Madhya Pradesh Food and Civil Supplies Corporation chairman Dr Hitesh Vajpayee has promised action against the guilty. "I'm looking into the charges and if found true, strict action will be taken against the guilty," Vajpayee told India Today.
- This is not the first incident wherein substandard wheat, unfit for human consumption, has found its way into the public distribution system in Madhya Pradesh.
- In February 2017, thousands of sacks full of wheat were found abandoned on the outskirts of Sehore. They had Madhya Pradesh Civil Supplies Corporation written on them.
- The state government had promised an enquiry and action against the guilty back then as well but nothing seems to have changed.
- Earlier instances of substandard wheat finding its way into the PDS have been reported from Morena, Gwalior and Jabalpur.
- The opposition, Congress party has called it a scam alleging that thousands of crores of public money is being swindled through it.
- "The ruling BJP in an attempt to jack up its agricultural growth rates is purchasing rotten wheat from people outside the states at a support price which is highest in the country. In districts bordering other states, the government's wheat procurement figures are much higher than other districts. The ones who sell rotten wheat are just given a small amount while corrupt officials and politicians pocket the remaining amount," Congress spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi said.
- "The rotten wheat is slipped in to the PDS and the poor of the state are forced to eat it," Chaturvedi alleged.