Despite order, no wheat stocked at Sangrur site - ECAS Punjab

Despite order, no wheat stocked at Sangrur site

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, August 6

A judicial officer has been running from pillar to post for the restart of a plinth to store wheat at his ancestral land despite allotment of 10,832 MT wheat from Pungrain.

Despite an order by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the administration is not helping him as residents of surrounding areas are opposing wheat storage at the plinth, saying it would create problems for them. "We will not allow a plinth here as it will create serious problems for us. We have met all senior officials and informed them that the plinth should not be allowed to function here," said Vicky, a resident of Ubhawal Road near the railway crossing.

But the officer alleged that various government purchase agencies like the FCI and Markfed had been using his land as the plinth to store foodgrain since 1982. He also alleged that the plinth was closed in 2009 after area residents started releasing sewage in his land.

"In Sangrur, purchase agencies are short of space to store wheat. Now, senior officials are not helping me despite orders by a local court and the HC," the officer alleged, while showing his papers. The deadline to complete the storage of wheat at the plinth is August 13.

"On July 31, the HC had directed all senior officials of Sangrur to complete the storage of wheat till August 13. But till date, not a single bag has been moved to the plinth from godowns," he said.

Deputy Commissioner Ramvir said the duty magistrate, who was posted to ensure the storage of wheat on Ubhawal Road, was in an isolation ward after he tested Covid-positive. "We are trying to make alternative arrangements" he said.

from The Tribune

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