In another scam unearthed in this border district, paddy worth rs6.30 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 failed to yield any result, 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 that the value of one-load truck amounts to be about rs7-8 Lakh. Hence, rice worth about `6.30 crore was missing. They had sealed the mill while all of its owners were still at large, added the DM.
It may be mentioned here that it was not the only case of embezzlement of foodgrains as, in the past too, several cases had occurred.
In July, Arshdeep Singh, manager, Warehouse, Ferozepur, in a report to the local police, informed that wheat worth rs1.21 crore was found embezelled from a godown in Makhu, a rural town in Ferozepur district.
Last year, about 2.50 lakh paddy bags worth `10 crore were found missing in four different rice mills at Jalalabad.
Earlier, 15,476 paddy bags worth rs46.46 lakh were allegedly siphoned off by Thind Agro situated at Loombriwala village, while in last April, two separate cases were registered in police stations of Guru Har Sahai and Makhu towns of the district for allegedly siphoning off wheat worth about rs7 crore belonging to the Markfed.