Palampur, August 12
Over 300 packets of pulses meant for distribution by means of honest worth outlets on subsidised charges had been discovered dumped in a forest close to Thural, 30 km from right here, yesterday. The packets carried the HP State Civil Supply Corporation (HPSCC) marking. These had been reportedly bought from National Co-operative Consumers Federation Limited and had been meant for the general public distribution system (PDS).
It is believed that the packets had been dumped two days in the past late within the night time. “Fair price shops get limited supplies that are sold within a week. The pulses may have been pilfered from a government godown and later dumped in the forest to avoid being caught,” mentioned locals.
Owners of honest worth outlets in Thural, Sai and Daroh areas mentioned they’d already exhausted the whole inventory of pulses for the month of July and there was “nothing missing”. Intriguingly, the Food and Civil Supplies Department is but to take discover of the dumped packets. The district authorities too haven’t begun any probe.
However, Narinder Dhiman, District Food and Supply Controller, Kangra, mentioned he was “personally looking into the matter”.