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Inadequate arrangements for wheat procurement

EVEN AS the process for procurement of wheat is underway following announcement of support price this week, the main procuring agency, the State-owned Madhya Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation(MPSCSC) is plagued with severe internal problems.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 14:16 IST

EVEN AS the process for procurement of wheat is underway following announcement of support price this week, the main procuring agency, the State-owned Madhya Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation(MPSCSC) is plagued with severe internal problems.

The corporation which has seen seven managing directors in the last two years of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule, is crippled by paucity of necessary wherewithal for massive procurement exercise.

Sources in the corporation told Hindustan Times the management has failed to finalise rates of transport for over two-dozen districts.

Besides, adequate arrangements are yet to be made for procurement of racks needed for transportation. Similarly, the management has not made adequate arrangements for gunny bags, added sources.

“While the wheat procurement exercise is likely to be kicked off in next couple of weeks, arrangements made till date are grossly inadequate,” said a senior employee of the corporation.

During the BJP regime, the corporation has been headed by seven MDs including Pravir Krishna, Pankaj Raag, U K Samal, Ashok Shah, T Dharmarao, S K Vaidya, Shailendra Singh and G K Shrivastava.

Interestingly, the present incumbent has charge of two corporations. As a result, the work of Civil Supplies Corporation is adversely affected.

Moreover, resentment is also brewing among senior officers owing to irrational work distribution. While one general manager, A K Verma is looking after commercial, transportation, procurement, sugar and mobile shops, two other officers of the same rank namely S N Rupla and M K Verma are without adequate work.

When contacted senior officers of the corporation admitted the work of finalising transport rates was not complete in several districts. They, however, refuted charges that corporation management was taking things in a casual manner.

First Published: Mar 05, 2006 14:16 IST