Lucknow: After receiving complaints about irregularities in distribution of food grains under several schemes, the Uttar Pradesh administration has decided to send top officers from the Food Department in the field and take stock of the situation.

Officers have been divided into teams for every division who will conduct random checks on ration shops, kerosene wholesalers and foodgrain storehouses.

The officers will inspect whether the regional officers are working properly or not, and if not, whether any action was taken against them.

The checks will take place on weekends only and any kind of leave has been discontinued for the officers and workers associated with the probe.

The state administration took this step after it received complaints regarding food distribution in various districts of the state.

Food Commissioner Santosh Kumar Yadav said they were receiving information about black marketing, diversion and misuse of foodgrains.

“It had become mandatory to send top officers of the concerned department to the field for cross checking,” said Yadav.
The officers conducting checks will submit their respective reports to the Food Commissioner on September 27.

During the visits, at least ten shops in villages will be inspected and thrust will be given to BPL and Antyodaya schemes.

Apart from this, the officers will also look into the roster on lifting of grains from warehouses and the status of distribution.