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Bhopal: 17,400 quintal onion goes missing, inquiry ordered

A five-member inquiry committee headed by additional district magistrate that will look into the matter and submit its report within a week.

bhopal Updated: Aug 04, 2017 20:17 IST
Neeraj Santoshi
Neeraj Santoshi
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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Onions at Neemuch Mandi in Madhya Pradesh.(HT Photo)

Over 17,400 quintals of onion has gone “missing” in Bhopal, prompting the administration to institute an inquiry into the matter. The alleged scam came to notice during a routine checking of records of two mandis in Bhopal by food and civil supply corporation.

Bhopal collector Sudam Khade told HT that this year 27,000 metric tonnes of onion had been procured in Bhopal by the Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Marketing Federation Limited.

“In the preliminary findings regarding procurement, distribution selling and disposal of the onions at Bhopal’s Karondh mandi, it was found that 17,400 quintals of onion was not accounted for. So to trace the missing onions, I constituted a five-member inquiry committee headed by additional district magistrate that will look into the matter and submit its report within a week or so,” he said.

Khade said that Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Marketing Federation Limited and food and civil supplies corporation have been asked to provide all details and documents related to procurement, storage, disposal and selling of the onions.

Amid farmer unrest in the state and crashing onion prices, the state government in June decided to buy onion at ₹8 per kg and sell it through fair price shops at Rs 2 per kg.

Brajesh Dwivedi, manager (marketing) at Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Marketing Federation Limited, said the issue of missing onions will be clear only when all the details and documents from both the agencies are checked thoroughly by the inquiry committee. “At the moment we can’t say anything beyond this,” he said.

First Published: Aug 04, 2017 20:16 IST