Haryana government suffered a loss of Rs. 52.06 crore since 19 millers did not deliver 1.64 lakh quintal of rice out of the total 8.45 lakh quintal of paddy allotted to them for the three Kharif marketing seasons from 2012-13 to 2014-2015, according a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report.
The CAG report tabled in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha last week pointed out that misappropriation of paddy was facilitated due to non-adherence to guidelines of the state government and non-obtaining of proper guarantee in the shape of FDR(fixed deposit receipt)/bank guarantee for the milling of paddy. The other reason cited by CAG for misappropriation of paddy is poor monitoring of the paddy stored in millers’ premises.
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The CAG observed that the procuring agencies, Haryana Agro Industries Corporation (HAIC) and Haryana State Warehousing Corporation(HSWC), though presented the post dated cheques kept as guarantee for the paddy of 11 millers who defaulted in delivery of rice but these cheques bounced and FIRs were lodged against millers for misappropriation of paddy.
At the same time, the auditor noticed that HAIC had lost over Rs 7.8 crore due to “unscientific and improper preservation of wheat”. The audit stated that the Food Corporation of India had not taken over 5,974.85 Metric Tonnes of wheat for crop years 2010-12 due to damage caused by unscientific storage and were unfit for human consumption and even as cattle feed.
The report states that in case of HAIC, physical verification reports were not available whereas in case of HSWC, physical verification reports were deficient. It has also been pointed out that M/s Bodh Parkash Rohit Kumar Rice Mill at Ambala was given paddy despite not being allotted by district milling committee. Also, HAIC did not initiate shift paddy from the premises of the defaulting millers namely M/s Jai Maa Sharda Mills at Naraingarh and M/s Mittal Rice and General Mill at Ambala, mentions the audit report.
The audit report has brought to fore that the M/s Dayachand Rice Mill in Jind, which comes under HAIC and was a defaulter miller of earlier Kharif marketing season, was allotted paddy despite there being clear instructions not to make any paddy allotment to the Mill.
Among the total 19 defaulting rice mills, located in Ambala, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Jind, Fatehabad and Yamunanagar districts, Rs 6 crore is to be recovered from M/s Shree Krishna Agro Food of Chormatspur in Ambala. A total of over Rs 5 crore is to be recovered from Mohinder Rice Mills at Ambala and around the same from M/s Jayanti Rice Mill at Kurukshetra.