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‘Sand-in-wheat bags’ rocks MP assembly, govt orders probe

bhopal Updated: Jul 20, 2016 20:30 IST
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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People, led by Congress MLA Jaivardhan Singh, stage a protest outside the state assembly, in Bhopal on Wednesday.(Praveen Bajpai/HT photo)

The Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday ordered a probe into the sand-lumps-in-wheat-bags issue, following an uproar inside and outside the House.

The probe panel has been asked to submit its findings to House by the end of the monsoon session. Meanwhile, people staged a protest over the issue outside the House with bags containing sand. However, the police didn’t allow them to near the assembly.

Congress MLAs Arif Aqueel, Jaivardhan Singh, Jitu Patwari, Bala Bachan , Ramniwas Rawat, Mukesh Nayak raised the issue during zero hour. Rawat alleged that state government procured wheat from the farmers, adulterated it with big lumps of sand and then distributed the same among the flood affected people in Bhopal. Some Congress MLAs had also brought samples of adulterated wheat in poly bags in the House to show the same to the Speaker. Nayak alleged that wheat and rice distributed by the state government in the state was not even fit for the consumption of animals.

Congress legislators created ruckus on the issue, alleging that government was maligning the name of the farmers, by distributing a low-quality adulterated wheat.

Outside the assembly premises, Congress MLAs said that a 125 kg bag had nearly 25 kg of sand. They wondered if such wheat was being supplied in the state capital, imagine what kind of wheat must be supplied elsewhere in the state.

Following the uproar, state public relations and parliamentary affairs minister Narottam Mishra said a committee would be constituted to probe the matter and present its report in the House by the end of the monsoon session.

He also said that new stock of wheat would be distributed among the flood affected people in Bhopal.

Acting leader of opposition Bala Bachan wanted to have a special discussion on the recent flood fury in the state, damage due to floods and the collapsing of two dams in Panna district. But Speaker Sitasharan Sharma didn’t respond to the demand.