Kolkata: The state Food & Supplies department on Tuesday suspended three distributors and a number of ration shop owners. There is a of complaints of poor quality rice from consumers in parts of Nadia and Jhargram district.
State Criminal Investigation Department likely (CID) to track the root of this inferior quality of rice that has been procured by distributors and then supplied to the shops. State Food minister Jyotipriya Mallick held a meeting with distributors’ association, dealers’ association and rice millers’ association at Khadya Bhavan.
“The rice that was supplied to the ration shops at Karimpur and Palashipara in Nadia and a handful of ration shops in Jhargram are not procured or stored at the godown of the Food department. It has been procured from elsewhere. We have already suspended two distributors from Karimpur and Palashipara from where the shop owners had procured rice. Another distributor from Jhargram has been suspended for similar reasons,” State Food minister Jyotipriya Mallick said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the administrative meeting in Murshidabad on Monday had expressed her concern over poor quality of rice under Khadya Sathi project .
Five ration shop owners are suspended and showcaused six from Karimpur. It may be mentioned that a preliminary enquiry from the food department has revealed that the distributors have joined hands with as many as 16 shop owners in parts of Nadia and Jhargram district and had procured rice from elsewhere.