Faridabad: In a reflection of the lax attitude of the administration, thousand tonnes of wheat are kept in the open in the government godowns to rot in the rains.

Though the Food and Civil Supplies department and the Food Corporation of India have made arrangements for safely storing wheat in their warehouse after clear instruction from the Central government, over 20, 000 metric ton wheat of Hafed and Haryana Warehousing Corporation is rotting in rain water for the last two days.

No arrangement has been made to cover the stock of wheat. Moreover, not a single caretaker has been appointed by the Corporation to take care of the piled up wheat.

The first allotment of wheat to ration card holders and the BPL families in the area is done from these godowns. And if the state of affairs at these warehouses is any indication, they would be getting rotten wheat to consume.
When contacted the controller of Department of Food & Supplies, Dr Prem Pal said, “Notice would be sent to all those agencies which fail to preserve the food grain.”

Wheat rots in Narela

Tonnes of paddy kept government godown have gone waste as the yield was left uncovered in Narela Anaj Mandi in the national capital. And it would be wrong to presume that the authorities were caught unawares due to the sudden spell of rain.
This has been the story at the mandi for years. Rotting of foodgrain has been a yearly phenomenon at the mandi for want of proper shed to store them.
Food grain worth 10 crore has gone waste over the last one year due to rains, but the authorities have failed to come up with any solution despite repeated assurances.

(JPN/Bureau)