SRINAGAR: More than 12 quintals of banned polythene has been seized at Lower Munda Checkpost from a vehicle carrying Food Corporation of India (FCI) food grains from Jammu to Anantnag by J&K Commercial Taxes Department.
According to Commercial Taxes Officer at Checkpost Lowermunda, Hamid Ganai a vehicle bearing registration No. JK03D/0849 approached the checkpost for clearance and produced the challan of FCI bearing No.9059 Dated15-04-2014 and documents were shown to carry the 92 quantils of rice of FCI.
However, when the vehicle was put under routine physical inspection it was found that 48 bags of banned polythene are excess in quantity and were kept hidden with the FCI goods ‘very cleverly’, Ganai said. The vehicle was coming from FCI Depot Railway Station, Jammu and were supposed to deliver the rice at FCI Godowns, Mirbazar Anantnag.
“Accordingly, goods were inventorized and offloaded at the checkpost and penalty proceedings under various sections of J&K VAT Act 2005 were registered against the driver/incharge of vehicle /incharge of goods,” he said.
Ganai said that every effort is being made at the checkpost to stop the illegal import of banned polythene into the Valley.
He further said that the department has seized 155 Quantials banned polythene during the financial year 2013-14 in different vehicles from time to time and same was handed over to State Pollution Control Board Srinagar on March 1 for confiscations proceedings on scientific methods and in compliance to the directions of J&K High Court.