PDS scam busted in Meghalaya, two arrested
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 15:38
Shillong: Two people, including a fair price shop owner, have been arrested in connection with a scam in Public Distribution System in West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya.

"Fair Price shop dealer Bipush Marak of Megonggri village in collusion with another person was diverting BPL and Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) category rice to wholesalers," Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said today.

Complaints had been received that beneficiaries have not been getting their quota of rice since December, he said.

The administration conducted a raid which revealed that the dealer had fraudulently sold off his assigned quota of 7.7 quintals of BPL rice, one quintal of APL rice and 3.85 quintals of AAY rice each for the past three months to a wholesaler.

The BPL and AAY cards of the beneficiaries were found in illegal possession of the dealer, Goyal said, adding both the dealer and wholesaler were arrested yesterday.

Acting against defaulters, the West Garo Hills administration has, during the last one year, cancelled 16 kerosene oil dealerships and six fair price shop dealerships, besides conducting regular inspections in wholesale godowns and LPG outlets.


First Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 15:38

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