The food and civil supply department on Wednesday conducted 101 raids and seized 1,004 quintal of pulses stocked illegally at various places in Rajasthan.
The raids follow the state government’s notification on Tuesday fixing the stock limit on traders to counter the rise in pulse prices. The notification prohibits wholesalers to stock more than 2,000 kg of an edible item, whereas a retailer can keep only up to 25 kg of a commodity.
Commenting over the department’s action, food and civil supply minister Hem Singh Bhadana said the government is committed to strict action against hoarders and black marketeers and the action has started from Wednesday. He said district supply officers (DSOs) in the state have been directed to take action as per rule and if stock of pulses above the fixed limit is found at wholesalers and retailers, strict action will be taken against them.
Subodh Agarwal, principal secretary of the food and civil supply department, said following the order issued by the state government, DSOs on Wednesday conducted 101 raids in the entire state and seized 1,004 quintals of pulses found over the fixed stock limit in Bikaner, Alwar and Karauli districts. He said in remaining districts, DSOs are checking the retailers and wholesalers and taking necessary action.
Meanwhile, the district supply office in Ajmer also carried out raids at various places. “We carried out inspections at various places in the district to find out if any of the businessmen involved in pulse trading had stock over the permissible limits,” said Suresh Sindhi, the district supply officer. However, no trader was found violating the permissible stock limit, he added.
The teams of district supply office (DSO) carried out raids in Kota also and seized more than 2,600 quintal of gram stocked illegally in Ramganjmandi region of Kota district. DSO Ashok Sangwa said that the teams raided four godowns. While 1,450 quintal and 1,120 quintal gram illegally stocked at two godowns was seized in Ramganjmandi, calculation of the stock at other godowns is underway, he said.