In less than a month,another scam in the state governments much-hyped Atta Dal scheme has surfaced in Kharar sub-division. If the unearthed scams are any indication,it seems that many beneficiaries of the scheme are deprived of the benefit,which is costing the state exchequer heavily.
A trader was arrested with 9.5 quintals of subsidized wheat meant for distribution to the beneficiaries under the scheme. A ration depot (fair price shop) holder,through whom the distribution was undertaken,was absconding.
SI Lakhwinder Singh told Newsline that acting on a tip-off,he raided the shop of Suresh Kumar,a karyana merchant,shop in Kurali,and recovered 9.5 quintals of subsidized wheat. Police arrested him. Depot holder Tarsem,who sold the subsidized wheat in black market,managed to escape.
During preliminary interrogation,the arrested trader told the police that he had purchased 10 quintals of subsidized wheat from Tarsem at the rate of Rs 900 per quintal,of which he had sold 50 kg stock at his shop at the rate of Rs 10.5 per kg.
Under the scheme,the members of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families are entitled for wheat at the rate of Rs 4 per kg and cereals at the rate of Rs 20 per kg.
The arrested dealer was remanded in 14-day judicial custody while hunt was on to nab the runaway depot holder. He will be questioned that to whom else he used to black market the subsidized stocks,and who else were involved in the scam,added the police officer.
Earlier this month,the CIA wing of Mohali district police had recovered 545 bags of subsidized wheat with the arrest of an Inspector of Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (Punsup),and two ration depot holders from a Mohali village.