Food security is a basic right., but BPL wheat gets smuggled to Bangaldesh

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    There are issues that have been raised by Ms Karat, but maybe owing to space, she has not expanded. Possibly she feels that all understand the issue fairly well.

    Indeed the nationwide debate does indicate a very lopsided approach to food security.

    What could be the methods to tweak this Food Security issue so that the majority of Indians benefit from it and are not stalked with the pangs of hunger or malnutrition?
     
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    This year's poor monsoon is surely going to lead to drought conditions.

    Should we not worry and all will still be well?

    Is this artcile a correct assessment?

    If not, where has the author gone off tangent or has merely glossed over?
     
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    Food security Bill or whatever maybe passed in the Parliament, but it will come to this sad state.

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    Wheat raid draws a blank

    The enforcement branch on Sunday failed to track down four men allegedly behind the attempt to smuggle 450 tonnes of wheat meant for the poor in Bengal to Bangladesh.

    “We are trying to track the owners of three flour mills and a trader who has bagged a contract to supply wheat to Bangladesh at a rate cheaper than the market price. Pockets in Budge Budge and Bishnupur have been raided but the four could not be traced,” said an enforcement branch officer.

    The smuggling attempt was thwarted on Saturday with the seizure of the 450 tonnes of wheat from a ship that was about to set sail for Bangladesh from the Kidderpore port. The Centre had released the wheat for distribution among below-poverty-line people in Bengal.

    The drivers of 20 of the 36 lorries used to transport the wheat from the Food Corporation of India godown in Budge Budge to the port are absconding.

    The 18 people who were arrested on Saturday were produced in Bankshall court on Sunday. The master of the vessel, Anaulla Alam, a Bangladeshi, and clearing agent Prasanta Chakrabarty have been remanded in police custody till August 3.

    For the rest, the police remand is till August 8.

    The police said the wheat was supposed to be carried from the Budge Budge godown to the mills for grinding. The flour was to be packed in pouches weighing 750g each.

    “We are investigating the role of FCI officials whose job was to monitor the transportation of the wheat bags from the godown. We have asked the FCI authorities to give us a list of employees involved in the functioning of the godown,” said an enforcement branch official.

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    Pilferage to Bangla foiled

    - BPL wheat being smuggled out seized from port



    Calcutta, July 28: Over 450 tonnes of wheat meant for below-poverty-line people in Bengal were today seized from a ship about to sail for Bangladesh in the “biggest” foodgrain haul in the state.

    The wheat, which the state had received from the Centre for distribution among the poorest of the poor, had been stored in a Food Corporation of India godown in Budge Budge. But when the time came to take the grain to flour mills, it was loaded into 36 trucks and instead taken to the Kidderpore port.

    About half the consignment had already been loaded into the ship — the Al-Khan-Jahan-Ali (II) — when city police’s enforcement branch raided the docks around 9am.

    Porters were carrying gunny bags on their backs and offloading them into the 800-tonne vessel. Tens of porters had been hired for the job, which involved ferrying several thousand gunny bags from the trucks to the ship.

    The police described it as the biggest foodgrain haul in Bengal — the consignment has been valued at Rs 60 lakh — and the first where grains were seized while being smuggled out of the country.

    “The challans we have seized from the truck drivers show the port as their destination. But the challans seem fake,” an officer said.

    “We are trying to find out who is responsible for these challans,” said deputy commissioner (enforcement branch) Debabrata Das. “The ship’s master claimed he did not know the consignment was being smuggled.”

    However, police sources later said the ship’s master had admitted that a similar consignment of wheat had been smuggled into Bangladesh last month on the same vessel.

    Legally, the wheat was to have been delivered at the Ma Tara and RR flour mills in Budge Budge and Shikha Agro in nearby Bishnupur.

    After being ground and packed into 750gm pouches, the flour should have been handed back to the food and supplies department for distribution through ration shops.

    Today’s seizure could only be the tip of the iceberg, officials said. “None of this can take place without the active support of a section of government officials,” a source said.

    Eighteen people, including the ship’s master and several truck drivers, have been arrested.

    The police said grain was being stolen from the godown for over a month. “We received a tip-off about this consignment and raided the port,” Das said.

    The South 24-Parganas controller of food and supplies, who supervises all godowns in the district, refused comment on today’s seizure but denied the police claim about past thefts.

    “Had the police known about it, they should have acted earlier,” said Swarup Mondal. “Had there been pilferage earlier, there would have been a shortage of flour and the (intended) beneficiaries would have suffered.”

    Food minister Jyotipriyo Mallick hinted that some officials of his department could be involved. “When the agencies collect wheat from godowns, a food department inspector should supervise the procedure. But no one was present when this consignment was sent to the port.”

    The government has set up a six-member probe committee “The report will come in seven days,” Mallick said.

    A police officer said Dhaka had recently issued a tender to buy wheat from the market. Three Indian companies had bagged the contract.

    “A businessman in Calcutta had promised wheat at lower than the market price to these companies. He may have been smuggling the wheat to Bangladesh on behalf of these companies,” the officer said.

    The police raided the businessman’s home tonight but he was not there.

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    Chattisgarh and TN have gone a long way in streamlining their PDS delivery systems and have been successful in not just reducing the diversion of Grain but also increasing the coverage to the BPL families.

    during the communist era, most of the PDS shops were given to party loyalists, which were a major source of corruption and diversion of grains.

    PDS Scam - was West Bengal the only culprit ? : Ratan Datta blogs on sulekha, Current Affairs blogs, Ratan Datta blog from india

     
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    Public Distribution System funds diverted to black market: Ex-SC judge




    MARGAO: Claiming that there were allegations that 50 % of the central government funds meant for the Public Distribution System (PDS) were being diverted for black marketeering, Justice D P Wadhwa, former judge of the Supreme Court of India and Chairman of the Central Vigilance Committee on PDS, encouraged PDS dealers to open grocery shops as well to help them augment their income

    While addressing a public hearing at the Ravindra Bhavan, Fatorda, on Friday, Wadhwa interacted with PDS stakeholders and social activists who raised several grievances and submitted a few demands as well.
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    PDS rice worth Rs1cr sold in black market

    In a startling case, Public Distribution System (PDS) rice worth Rs1 crore is learnt to have been swindled by unscrupulous elements of Bargarh and Jajpur for sale in black market. The incident has come to light of late.

    According to the information received, 5,000 quintals of Public Distribution System rice for the month of February for Jajpur district was sent from Bargarh by transport contractor Mahesh Prasad Agrawal.

    The Civil Supplies department of the district had sent the rice through the transport contractor. But it was learnt that the district administration could not receive the amount of rice even after two months.

    The matter came to the fore when the concerned transport contractor submitted a bill to the department for payment. The department has, meanwhile, initiated an inquiry into the alleged irregularly.

    As per the agreement between the transport contractor and the department, the former would transport Public Distribution System rice from Bargarh to different destinations for distribution and submit bills latter for payment.

    In order to maintain transparency, the concerned contractor is to submit the vehicle numbers and the photographs of the drivers to the department. There are also specific officials in the department to inspect the whole transactions.

    But in spite of all these precautions, 5,000 quintals of rice sent to Badchana in Jajpur district just vanished. At the same time, it is surprising as to how the people at Jajpur managed things with the shortage of this substantial amount of rice.

    When contacted, concerned businessman Agrawal said he had no role in this business. “Two of my staff did all this and I have lodged an FIR against them in the police station,” he said. But he had no reply when asked why he lodged the FIR late.

    Collector of Bargarh BG Mishra said appropriate action would be taken against those found guilty after police investigation. “No one will be spared since it involves a sensitive matter,” he said adding, “Action will also be initiated at the supply corporation level.”

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    PDS is a failure.

    Food Security will also be a failure.

    Unless failsafe modes are adopted and implemented.
     
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    How The PDS Is Changing in Chattisgarh - Business News - IBNLive

     
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    Why do things fail in India before the start ?
     
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    Because it appeals to the vote bank.

    It is announced with fanfare.

    And then are the nuts and bolts forced into place.

    The result - a square nut in a round hole!
     
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    You mean to say Babus are incapable of implementation of a policy? In other words Babus are the biggest hurdle in spite of a good policy? Or is the policy itself is hijacked by the policy makers and the implementer Babus !
     
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    Babus make hay while the sun shines.

    The Govt allows them to exploit because the scheme are cockamamie to start with with loopholes that would shame a sieve!
     
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    Yes Babus make hay and the population is devoid of even the hay. Left at large in hunger to ask Babus for hay if not grain....
     
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    Babus everywhere are ready to make hay given a chance. It is only a strong willed Minister or high level administrator who can make them work.

    In any state if the Minister is in laissez faire mode, corruption happens by default.
     
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    jahan chah hai wahan raha he :thumb:
     
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    nice thread RayC, diversion of subsidised food grains and kerosene to black market needs further attention by media and police
     

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