6000 tons food grain rot in CAPD godown; authorities unmoved

Bandipora, Jan 31: Nearly 6000 tons of food grains meant for distribution among the poor are rotting in the rented granary at Nowpora in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district. 
 Sources said the government had been paying rent worth lakhs for the shops in which these food grains have been stored from the last 16 years.
 “The rice bags are lying in 12-shops, rented by the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department in 1996 and have now been found unfit for human consumption,” sources added.
 The food grains were stocked in the shops of former MLA Bandipora, Ghulam Rasool Mir, who is now urging the government to dispose off the rotten merchandise.
 The documents, copies of which are lying with Greater Kashmir, reveal how the food grains were illegally stocked in the rented shops by the then storekeeper, who was later suspended on the charges of illegal hoarding and callous attitude.  
 Surprisingly, the government has failed to dispose off the grains despite constituting two committees.
 “In order to open the store and distribute the stockpile, government constituted a committee on March 31, 1997. However, the panel failed to submit its report,” sources said.
 They said, “The government constituted another committee headed by the then director CAPD Kashmir on March 13, 2006, but that committee also failed to deliver.”
 “The authorities didn’t take any action to fix the responsibility for large-scale damage to these food grains,” the documents reveal.
 Besides, knowing that the rotten grains are not fit for the human or livestock consumption, the government is paying rent worth lakhs to the owner, who is pleading to the concerned department to take out food grains from his shops.
 “The grains have been chemically tested in which it has been declared that these stocks or not fit for human and livestock consumption,” sources added.
 Even the District Development Commissioner, Bandipora Manzoor Ahmed Lone who along with Superintendent of Police visited these shops in May last year failed to do anything substantial in this regard, they added.
 “The granary is emanating foul smell and making the pedestrian difficult,” the locals added. 
 The owner of these shops, former MLA, Ghulam Rasool Mir has pleaded to the government to take out these rotten food grains.
 “CAPD Minister and Director assured me of disposing off these food grains, but unfortunately they didn’t fulfill their promises” Ghulam Rasool said.
 “I appeal to the state government to destroy the grains keeping in view the safety of the people residing nearby,” Mir said.

OFFICIALS SPEAK
 Quoting documents, officials in the CAPD reveal that food grains were illegally stockpiled in the rented stores by the then store keeper, who was later suspended on the charges of illegal hoarding and callous attitude. 
 They said the stores are locked and the keys are lying with the then storekeeper who has yet to hand them over.

MINISTER SAYS
 CAPD and Transport Minister, Qamar Ali Akhoon said the grains would be disposed off after the completing the formalities. “I have been apprised by the District Development Commissioner about the issue and will go through the case before taking the final decision,” minister added.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 31 Jan 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 31 Jan 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 1 Feb 2012 00:00:00 IST




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