Addl Chief Secy seeks report on inferior gypsum - ECAS Punjab

Addl Chief Secy seeks report on inferior gypsum

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28

The Additional Chief Secretary, Development, Anirudh Tewari, has sought a report from the Agriculture Department regarding delivery of substandard gypsum by three suppliers.

Out of 25,000 metric tonne (MT) ordered, around 3,000 MT of gypsum had been delivered. Random sampling of the gypsum by the Agriculture Department and the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation had found 85 samples of inferior quality out of 146 samples.

The Tribune had highlighted on Tuesday, how substandard gypsum (lower proportion of calcium sulphate) was supplied to the Agriculture Department for distribution to farmers. This stock of gypsum had been rejected and payments stopped.

Officials in the Agriculture Department said they had submitted a report to the ACS (Development). "We have also decided that each and every consignment that we receive from three suppliers will be checked for quality," said a senior official.

Officials of the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation (PAIC) had stated that till last year, gypsum was checked at the point of source, but this year onwards, the corporation made it mandatory to check each consignment.



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