The state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered a probe into the alleged adulteration of tur dal and distribution of pulses through fair price shops in Maharashtra.
State Congress Committee spokesperson Kanhaiyalal Gidwani on Sunday said Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has ordered an inquiry into the matter. “A racket has wreaked a scam of over Rs 75 crore every year by mixing tur dal with kesari dal before it reaches mills for processing,” he claimed.
With the market rates of tur dal touching Rs 90 per kg, a section of traders are mixing kesari dal, which costs Rs 25 per kg, with it. The Centre had banned the kesari dal in 1965 because of health reasons.
Over 10,000 tonnes of dal is processed every month in mills before being supplied through fair price shops in the state.