Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhawanipatna, Sept 24:
The Odisha High Court has issued notices to Kalahandi district administration, Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation (OSCSC), District Cooperative Society, District Civil Supplies department and the rice millers of the district to submit a reply on the rampant irregularities in the purchase of paddy to tune of crores at Temara mandi under Kokasara block during 2012-13.
The directive of the court has come in response to a PIL filed by 537 farmers who had alleged that while they have not sold any paddy at the mandi, the concerned authorities have misappropriated huge money by fraudulently mentioning their names in the procurement list.
Of the 537 farmers, 118 belong to BPL category.
“We are a poor family. We have two sons who work as daily wage labourers. Our staple food is ragi as we have no money to buy rice for our family. We have never cultivated paddy and not seen the mandi. But they (the officials) have taken lakhs of rupees towards purchase of paddy in our name”, said Masta Bag, a 60-year-old man and his wife Chaiti of Kulerguda village to Sambad today.
Meanwhile, the Vigilance department has begun a probe into the incident following a complaint lodged by these farmers.