Sunday, February 13, 2011

NGO unearths wheat scam in Meghalaya

A social organisation in Meghalaya has unearthed that wheat worth crores of rupees under the Targeted Public Distribution System has been allegedly diverted for the past several years. Under a Right To Information application the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has given information that the State has been receiving wheat from 2008. Every month the State receives its quota of 1,403
metric tonnes of wheat, but none of the fair price shops are distributing it. A kilogram of wheat costs Rs 6.10. “Where is this wheat going when the FCI has been supplying it to the State under TPDS,” Michael Syiem, who filed the RTI, said at a public hearing today.

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