In another scam unearthed in this border district, paddy worth `6.30 crore was found missing from a rice mill, which has been sealed by the Markfed.
As per information, the local Markfed officials had given paddy for milling to a rice mill at Jhoke Harihar village and the department was supposed to get back as many as 605 loaded trucks of rice till September 30, but the rice mill failed to deliver rice in full quantity and, by the deadline, it was found short of 90 trucks of rice.
After repeated appeals of Markfed to the mill went in vain, a team of local civil officials led by district manager of the Markfed Vishal Gupta reached the mill for physical verification. During verification, the team found sand and fodder-filled bags instead of paddy bags.
Gupta said that the exact quantity of missing paddy would be known after completion of physical verification, which was going on. He said the value of one-load truck amounts to be about Rs 7-8 lakh.
Hence, rice worth about Rs 6.3 crore was missing. They had sealed the mill while all of its owners were still at large, added the district manager.
Embezzlement of foodgrains has taken place earlier too. In July, Arshdeep Singh, manager, Warehouse, Ferozepur, in a report to the local police, informed that wheat worth Rs 1.21 crore was found embezelled from a godown in Makhu, a rural town in Ferozepur district.