TNN | Updated: Nov 23, 2019, 7:52 IST
Karnal: Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged irregularities in paddy procurement in grain markets of the state.
He alleged that the farmers are being forced to sell his produce below the MSP. There is a need to find out people behind the alleged fictitious purchase. He said the farmers have been running from pillar to post to get their payments. Therefore, there should be a CBI probe into this matter, he added.
Hooda was in Karnal to express condolences over the demise of Congress leader Virendra Singh Rathor’s mother.
After complaints of bogus procurement of paddy in connivance with rice millers, traders and government officials, the district authorities, with the help of the police, conducted a raid on mills on November 18.
The movement of paddy grain has already been stopped by the district authorities and the police have also been deployed at the rice mills’ entry points.
The inspection teams comprise district food and supplies controllers, tehsildars, district managers of Hafed, district managers of Haryana Warehousing Corporation and local officials of Food Corporation of India. Karnal deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh had already said the inspections are underway and will continue for few more days.
There are more than 300 rice mills in Karnal district.
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