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Corruption charges plaguing Food and Civil Supplies Department

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Silchar, June 21: The officials of Food and Civil Supplies department have been continuing to serve despite facing some serious corruption charges. People have been complaining against improper distribution of rice, wheat and kerosene oil which are very essential commodities. It has been alleged that many officials of the department is involved in corruption regarding the distribution of rice, wheat and kerosene oil. Manoj Bora, deputy director, (attachment) Food and Civil Supply Office, Cachar, has come under the scanner. Moreover, it has been also alleged that some of the officials of the department has been serving for 20 years at a stretch without any sign of transfer.

 Therefore, they have turned the department into a house of corruption and it seems that corruption is flowing from top to bottom level. Owing to such corruption, the schemes being launched by the government are not implemented properly because of which people are being exposed to untold miseries. Food being the most essential ingredient of life and such heinous state of food supply reflects the level of corruption. At a recently held press-meet by BJP party, Awadhesh Kumar Singh party spokesperson, said that a large number of people are not getting rice. He has asked for a detailed and in-depth investigation in the matter.

 He also said that he met Manoj Bora in person and handed over him a list that features a number of corruption charges. It is quite surprising to note that no actions are being taken against the officials and especially Manoj Bora is spending a heavenly holiday since he is in the good books of the officers above him. As a result of which, Manoj Bora does not seems to care about the charges brought up against him. It is indeed shocking to note that even after the change in the government; Manoj Bora continues to rule the roost. It is a pity that innocent people are suffering owing to the anomalies in the department.

 It is both interesting and surprising to note that the whole responsibility of distributing rice, wheat and kerosene oil is solely shouldered by Bora. At the time of distribution, severe malpractices are taking place. Twice it has been caught, but since no further investigation is entertained, these practices remain hidden and fail to afloat. People have opined that it is high time that an action must be taken so that such practices can be stopped at the earliest. They assume that lakhs of rupees have been swallowed in this case. Therefore, they have requested government to lend them its ears.

 It was clearly mentioned in the press-meet that every dealer must give the three commodities to 150 to 200 persons. But this is not happening, on the contrary, the rice that is being supplied by the government for selling to the poor people at a much cheaper rate is being sold at a much higher one than prescribed by the government. In addition to this, it has been found that there are many persons having two cards and so they are getting more than sufficient quantity of these items. It will be more shocking of all to note that there have been mes of people in the list who do not exist and so it can be understood as where it goes.

 It has been stated by BJP party that a 15-days ultimatum has been given to probe into the matter and investigate it; otherwise, they may resort to other means of protestation. It has been requested by Awadhesh Kumar Singh that those who are able to earn Rs.1 lakh or more, they should give up the Kaido Surakhsa Card, (Food Security) so that only the deprived and the justified can avail its facility. Among others who were present on the day included Nitya Bhushan Dey, BJP, district organizatiol secretary and Nihar Ranjan Das, district secretary, Zila Committee.

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