Ruchika M Khanna
Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, October 22
The discharge of purported chat between a district supervisor of the PUNSUP and a dealer relating to permitting the sale of paddy procured at decrease charges from outdoors Punjab to procurement companies on the larger Minimal Help Worth (MSP) has uncovered the misuse of the MSP system within the state by some unscrupulous sellers to make fast earnings.
Some merchants within the state are shopping for paddy at Rs 1,100- Rs 1,200 per quintal from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. They then transport it to Punjab, and after tying up with officers in mandis, procurement companies and fee brokers, pretend information are made to point out the paddy was procured from native farmers. The produce is then procured on the MSP, which is Rs 1,888 this yr.
Within the chat, which has now gone viral, the district supervisor of the PUNSUP at Patiala discuses how a lot he ought to be paid by the fee agent to permit the entry of paddy purchased from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar at Rs 1,100-Rs 1,200 per quintal, to be bought to authorities procurement companies at Rs 1,888 per quintal.
The chat additionally talks about having an inspector of the merchants’ selection posted within the Patiala Mandi.
The PUNSUP official within the chat additionally talks of negotiating the bribe with the dealer, saying it needs to be shared with the minister and for organising the go to of former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who had come right here earlier this month. The chat is claimed to be of October 4.
Since this chat grew to become viral, the official has been positioned underneath suspension by the Meals and Provides Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu and proceedings to dismiss him from service have been initiated.
The minister has denied any function within the controversy, and says his title is being misused. “The second I learnt of it, I suspended him displaying zero tolerance to such frauds,” he stated.
The now suspended official has additionally approached the police, claiming that it’s a “pretend” chat.
The revelation has come at a time when Punjab Vidhan Sabha has handed three Payments, which amongst others makes shopping for of crops at MSP obligatory.
The expose is now being utilized by the BJP-led Centre to level on the chinks within the MSP system for getting foodgrains, and the necessity for changing it with the legal guidelines enacted by the Parliament final month – permitting non-public buy of grains outdoors the mandis.
Sources within the Meals and Provides Division and the PUNSUP say that the apply of shopping for cheaper paddy from states, the place MSP on crops is just not given, and promoting them to authorities companies right here on the MSP, has been happening for fairly a while.
“No surprise, the paddy purchased in Punjab in every procurement season is greater than the paddy produced within the state,” a PUNSUP official stated requesting anonymity. “Final yr, 11.82 lakh tonnes of paddy, over and above the manufacturing of 152 lakh metric tonnes, was recorded.”
KAP Sinha, Principal Secretary, Meals and Provides, stated that the division had requested the police to register instances in opposition to unlawful transportation of paddy into the state.
“Round 200 vehicles have been seized and motion initiated in opposition to unscrupulous sellers, whereas an analogous variety of vehicles are being examined. I’ve written to all District Managers to maintain a strict vigil and search police assist wherever an anomaly is detected,” he stated.