Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Saturday, Dec 17, 2005
Google



Other States
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment |

Other States - Chattisgarh Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Congress demands CBI probe into rice scam

Rice stocks were to be distributed under food for work programme


  • `26,000 quintals of rice has gone `missing' from a State Warehousing Corporation godown in September'
  • `Transfer of rice stock was just shown on paper; it was apparently diverted to the private rice mills'

    Raipur: The Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha was adjourned on Friday without transacting any business as the Opposition Congress members raised slogans demanding an inquiry by the CBI into the disappearance of rice stocks meant for distribution under the food for work programme.

    Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Leader of the Opposition Mahendra Karma said 26,000 quintals of rice, had gone `missing' from the Kunkuri godown of the State Warehousing Corporation in September.

    Pointing out that the actual capacity of the godown was about 10,000 quintals, he alleged that the transfer of rice stock and its transportation were just shown on paper and the rice stock was apparently diverted to the private rice mills.

    Alleging, rice mill owners and those who `transported' the rice stock were closely associated with the ruling BJP leaders, he said Chief Minister Raman Singh had earlier hinted about his government's willingness to hand over the case to the CBI but later the government backed out from it. "This was because of pressure from certain ruling party leaders," he said.

    Mr. Karma said the State Government had also directed all district collectors to carry out physical verification of rice stock in 102 godowns and to submit their reports within three days after the Kunkuri rice scam came to light. Later, the Chief Minister had also convened a high level meeting before deciding to hand over the case to the State economic offences investigation bureau.

    Besides Mr. Karma, Satyanarayan Sharma, Ravindra Choubey, Uday Mudaliar and other Congress members pressed for resignation of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Megharam Sahu and handing over the matter to the CBI for investigation.

    Though Speaker Prem Prakash Pandey assured to take up the matter on Monday, opposition Congress members continued to raise slogans, forcing the Speaker adjourn the house for ten minutes. Even after the house re-assembled, Congress members continued to press for a reply from the Chief Minister but the Speaker adjourned the house till Monday.

    Earlier, pressing for a discussion on a notice for adjournment motion, Nandkumar Patel and Ravindra Choubey (both Congress) said close associates of senior BJP leaders were involved in the scandal.

    Alleging that the scandal was the outcome of an unholy nexus between rice mills owners, transporters and traders, they said the rice meant for distribution to the poor under various schemes, including the food for work programme, were siphoned off. Similar irregularities had also taken place in almost all other godowns and the money involved could be around Rs. 3 crore, they added.

    Mr. Patel said the vehicles, which were shown on paper for transportation of huge stock of rice, turned out to be scooters. ``Is it possible to transport quintals of rice on scooter?" he asked. -- UNI

    Printer friendly page  
    Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



    Other States

    News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
    Advts:
    Classifieds | Employment | Updates: Breaking News |


  • News Update


    The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
    Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

    Copyright 2005, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu