Lucknow: As many as 59 incharges of the wheat purchase centres at different places in the state have been suspended on the irregularities detected at these centres and departmental action has been initiated against 26 incharges of these centres. Besides the District Magistrates of Auraiya and Fatehpur districts have been served show cause notices for the said irregularities.
Also the Assistant District Registrar of Moradabad and Dy. R.M.O. of Chandauli has been suspended. The District Manager of U.P. Agro, one Food Inspector and two other employees have also been suspended. On the initiative U.P. Chief Minister, Mr. Akhilesh Yadav the 25 ministers of the state cabinet made surprise inspections in various districts of the state. During these inspections irregularities were defected at 85 wheat purchase centres in the state. Out of the 85 centres prima facie serious complaints were found against 59 incharges of the centres which were suspended with immediate effect. These include 26 centre incharges of P.C.F., 14 of Employees Welfare Corporation and five each of consumers' co-operative federation and U.P. Agro and one of Nafed purchase centre. Departmental action has been initiated against 26 incharges of the purchase centres.
U.P. Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav today reviewed the wheat purchase going on in the state here today. Initiating action on the reports submitted by the cabinet colleagues in the state Mr. Yadav said that any laxity in the wheat purchase work will not be tolerated. The Chief Minister was informed during the meeting that as against the target for purchase of 42 lakh tonnes of wheat a total of 28 lakh tonnes of wheat has so far been purchased in the state which was 25 per cent more than the target fixed for last year. He was also acquainted that about 56 thousand bales of wheat bags were needed which would be provided by the june 05 to june 10 in the next month. Besides, two thousand additional bales of bags would be kept in reserve.
It may be recalled that the U.P. Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav detected the irregularities in the wheat purchase centres in Unnao during his surprise inspections in the recent past. Repeating his commitment for 2ensuring the payment of fair price to the farmers for their produce Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has asked the members of his cabinet to conduct surprise inspections of wheat purchase centres.
In the sequence of those inspections the Senior Cabinet Minister, Mr. Shivpal Singh Yadav conducted surprise inspections of wheat purchase centres in Auraiya. Making a complaint of the District Magistrate of Auraiya for showing his laxity in wheat purchase work he recommended action against the district magistrate of Auraiya. Similarly the Minister for silk and garment industry Mr. Shiv Kumar Bairiya lodged a complaint against the district magistrate of Fatehpur.
Minister for Land Development and Water Resources, Mr. Om Prakash Singh made the surprise inspection of wheat purchase centres in Chandauli and recommended the suspension of Dy. Regional Marketing Officer. In his complaint he mentioned that Dy. R.M.O. spent his most of the duty hours in Varanasi instead of stationing at Chandauli. Minister of state for Food in Civil supplies Mr. Rajendra Singh Rana recommended suspension of Assistant Registrar of Co-operative Societies Mr. Vijay Kumar Rana for complaints of indulging in various irregularities and serious complaints.
Besides, the U.P. Agriculture Minister Mr. Anand Singh made surprise inspection of wheat purchase centres in the district of Sant Kabir Nagar. He recommended the suspension of the district manager of U.P. Agro Mr. Hari Shankar Pandey for indulging in corruption and other irregularities. Besides he also recommended the suspension of supply inspectors Mr. Shailendra Verma and Inftekhar Ahmad and one urdu translator posted at purchase centre. He also recommended suspension of Mr. Suresh Tripathi District Manager of P.C.F. which is running a wheat purchase centre many irregularities were also found at this purchase centre.
Besides above several purchase centres were also inspected by the other ministers of the cabinet. Shortages of bags were detected at many places. This shortage and other short comings were also reported by these ministers to the government on the report of the ministers the district magistrates have been directed to make available of resources at these centres. Not only this several complaints had also come to the light against the godown incharges of Food Corporation of India. Letter has been despatched to the General Manager of the Food Corporation of India for initiating action against godown incharged of Food Corporation of India for indulging in corrupt tactices.