The Khadya Suraksha Adhikar Manch (KSAM) has accused the UT food and supplies department of delivering essential commodities in overloaded vehicles by violating the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. The manch has also lodged a complaint with the state transport authority (STA) and has requested to take appropriate steps to put a check on the malpractice.
Rajinder Kumar Gupta, convener, the KSAM, in the complaint alleged that officials of the department of food and supplies working at storage centre in the Industrial Area, in connivance with the labour contractor and fair price owners (FPS), were illegally dispatching essential commodities through commercial vehicles in excess quantity than the permissible laden quantity of vehicles by violating norms.
Recently, the STA had issued challans for plying overloaded vehicles in violation of the MV Act, 1988. Gupta stated the practice of dispatching essential commodities in overloaded quantity was prevalent.
The KSAM has also submitted suggestions on the issue, saying an inspector in-charge should be directed to mention full name and complete address of a fair price shop with mobile contact number on all the challans/cash memos/bills; separate challans/bill should be issued for each vehicle showing quantity of essential commodities loaded in the vehicle, every vehicle moving out of godown of the department of food and supplies must carry a gate pass showing the date and time of dispatch of essential commodities; and no vehicle should carry essential commodities pertaining to two or more fair price shops at a time.
If any vehicle is found contravening the provisions of prescribed laden capacity, the same should not be allowed to move further on road without unloading the excess quantity of the essential commodities, besides issuing challans, said the KSAM.