Annoyed over the rotting worth 1200 crore wheat in Punjab, former union minister and Kangra MP Shanta Kumar has shot off a letter to the Union Food Minister Ramvilas Paswan seeking action against erring Food Corporation of India (FCI) officials.
Shanta said the Punjab government had purchased 6 lakh tonnes, which eventually was to be procured by the FCI. The senior BJP leader alleged that the Punjab government had also sought permission to sell the lot which was turned down.
"The FCI claims that it doesn't store foodgrains in warehouses for more than two years then how did such a huge quantity of wheat rot," said Shanta.
The MP alleged that the Punjab government had purchased the wheat from farmers but FCI didn't procure the lot.
The veteran leader reminded the union food minister about report of Parliamentary standing committee on commerce in which it had recommended that government should ensure that no foodgrains rot in the godowns and should be distributed among the needy persons.
Headed by Shanta, the committee had also recommended fixing responsibility of officials for rotting of foodgrains and its value should be recovered from them.
"Why the government has not accepted those recommendations till date?" Shanta asked the minister.
The MP, who also heads the high level committee to revamp FCI, said in the country where crores of population sleep on empty stomach and countless die due to hunger rotting of Rs. 12 crore foodgrains, is very unfortunate and shameful.
He has urged the union minister to order a probe in this regard and punish the culprits.