Suspecting black-marketeering of food grains, Govind orders inquiry into Kundaim truck raid

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PANAJI

Minister for Civil Supplies Govind Gaude on Wednesday directed officials of the department to conduct an inquiry into an incident, wherein a vehicle was caught on Tuesday near Kundaim while allegedly transporting food grains without proper documents, and submit a report within 8 days.

In view of the incident, the minister held a meeting with the director of civil supplies Pundalik Khorjuenkar and concerned officials of the department wherein the issue was discussed in detail.

Guade informed this daily that since he suspects involvement of particular truck in black-marketeering of food grains supplied through the department, he has asked the officials to conduct an inquiry into it and submit a report in eight days’ time. It may be recalled that the police had raided the truck while it was carrying food grains including bags of wheat near Kundaim. When asked by the officials of the department and police in the presence of the minister, the concerned truck owner failed to produce documents regarding food grains loaded in the vehicle.

Stating that the government will not tolerate such illicit activity or ‘black’ trade, the civil supplies minister said that he will also wait for outcome of police investigation in the matter.

“Presently, I have directed the officials to conduct an inquiry into this particular incident. However, if it is black-marketeering of food grains supplied by the department of civil supplies, stringent action will be initiated against the concerned,” Gaude said, adding the food grains which are received by the civil supplies department should remain in public domain.