The Consumer Federation of Ration Card Holders (CFRCH) has written to the UT adviser and director, UT food and supplies and consumer affairs, alleging illegal storage of wheat and other essential commodities at godown in Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh.
In his letter, Rajinder Kumar Gupta, president of CFRCH, alleged that a huge quantity of essential commodities meant for public distribution was being misappropriated and diverted in the black market with connivance of officials of the department of food and supplies.
Gupta alleged that on September 29, officials of the department issued bills of essential commodities to two fair price shops- M/s Sharma Karyana Store, Mani Majra, and M/s Sunil Karyana Store, Manimajra.
He maintained that most of the quantity of public distribution system (PDS) commodities was delivered to these two fair-price shops on the same day. Around 60 quintal of wheat is still lying at the godown undelivered.
Gupta alleged that the excess stock of PDS commodities is being moved out of godown during odd hours and sold in the black market.
He requested adviser and UT food and supplies and consumer affairs director to conduct complete verification of stock of essential commodities.