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M’laya public complain of corruption in PDS
Correspondent Shillong, Sept 22
Published on 22 Sep. 2009 11:21 PM IST
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:In order to check diversion of foodgrains at every stage between procurement and allocation to beneficiaries, the Wadhwa Commission today suggested the need for computerization of public distribution system in Meghalaya. Justice (retd) DP Wadhwa who led a five-member delegation of the Chief Vigilance Commission heard complaints of alleged corruption, leakage and pilferage of PDS items at a public hearing. More than 100 participants, including storage agents, PDS dealers and several civil supply officials and NGOs attended the public hearing and took active part in the deliberation. “There is an urgent need to address these serious issues. I suggested the state government to implement an end-to-end computerisation of the PDS to ensure transparency,” Justice Wadhwa, the Chairman of Chief Vigilance Commission said. According to an ORG-MARG survey, as much as 80 per cent of commodities meant for BPL families in the state were diverted in 2004-05. Though, the state government had constituted monitoring committee to streamline utilization of food grains, but nothing much could be done to check the alleged diversion of foodgrains. Infact, state Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee had admitted that there are manipulations and loopholes in the distribution of rice and wheat to the BPL families in the state. “I will submit my report to the Supreme court on the functioning of the PDS in Meghalaya on the basis of the public hearing,” Justice Wadhwa said. The Commission will also visit other northeastern states of Mizoram and Manipur to get first hand information on the functioning of the PDS.

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