Undistributed rotten ration kits ‘siphoned off’, SDM visits office - ECAS Punjab

Undistributed rotten ration kits ‘siphoned off’, SDM visits office

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Abohar, October 24

Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Jaspal Singh Brar yesterday visited the Block Development and Panchayat office in the Panchayat Samiti complex here after it was reported on Thursday that hundreds of ration kits lying there have been damaged by pests. No official was present at the office during the visit.

The ration kits were reportedly given by the state government during the lockdown for free distribution among the poor. Prime facie it appeared that the number of kits was less than what was being shown in various sections of media. It is suspected that most of the rotten ration kits were removed after the alleged lapse came to light, sources said. Brar said the case report would be sent to Deputy Commissioner (DC) Arvind Pal Singh Sandhu. "If it is found that an attempt has been made to shift ration kits, action will be taken against the guilty," he said.

The SDM had yesterday sent a preliminary report to the DC after learning about the alleged discrepancies in the distribution of ration kits. The DC directed ADC Nawal Kumar to conduct an inquiry and submit a report.

The kits were meant for distribution in villages under the Balluana constituency, but the process could not be completed due to alleged negligence of the staff.

Oppn seeks probe

The Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP have demanded a high-level probe into the alleged fraud. A deputation led by Youth Akali Dal district president Harbinder Singh Harry met Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Jaspal Singh Brar and submitted a memorandum criticising the BDPO for not distributing the free ration kits. BJP MLA Arun Narang said it was a criminal offence to allow pests eat up the kits and then "siphon off" the rotten stack.



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