SRINAGAR: Consumer affairs and public distribution minister Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali has suspended the assistant director stores Srinagar and a tehsil supply officer for dereliction of duties and ordered an inquiry into the dumping of rice meant for the flood victims of Kashmir in Lethpora godown.
A government spokesman said that the minister accompanied by secretary of the department, director CAPD and other senior officers of the department held surprise visits of FCI gowdon at Shaheed Gunj Srinagar and Food Corporation of India(FCI) & CAPD gowdons at Lethpora.
During visit to FCI gowdon at Shaheed Gunj, the minister checked the samples of rice and wheat and found that the quality of wheat was not up-to the standard.
The minister expressed dissatisfaction of the wheat supply and directed secretary CAPD to communicate FCI that sub standard quality of URS wheat would not be acceptable.
He also directed not to procure sub standard rice and directed for supplying standard quality of rice to the consumers.
The minister also visited Lethpora FCI godown where he checked the stock and quality of the rice and wheat.
Meanwhile minister visited CAPD godown and expressed anguish over non distribution of rice supplied for flood victims. He checked the stock position and also checked receipt and dispatch registers of the store.
Expressing dissatisfaction, the minister instructed to seal the store and ordered for its physical verification. He also constituted a committee for cross checking dispatches and receipts of food grains meant for flood victims. Minister directed officers to dispose off the ration of flood victims at the earliest.
On the direction of the minister, secretary CAPD Saurab Bhagat has placed assistant director stores Srinagar and tso stores under suspension and has given the charge of stores to AD Srinagar North.