Rajasthan govt storing liquor cartons in FCI godown

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 15:16

Jaipur: The Rajasthan government is storing
liquor cartons in an FCI godown here at a time when lakhs of
tonnes of foodgrains were lying in the open, the opposition
BJP Thursday said in the state Assembly.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Hanuman Beniwaln (BJP)
alleged that an FCI godown in the Gandhinagar locality had
reportedly kept huge liquor consignments under tin sheds,
whereas wheat bags were rotting in the open last year.

He said stray cattle were eating the bags making the
foodgrains unfit for human consumption and alleged that the
state government was ignoring the matter by not ensuring any

Due to shortage of space, the foodgrains specially wheat
bags, were lying unattended at Kanakpura and Gandhinagar
depots, he alleged.

Speaker Dipender Singh Shekhawat, however, expunged
certain remarks by him against Food and Civil Supply Minister
Babulal Nagar.

Meanwhile, the FCI has asked the Rajasthan Breweries to
shift within 10 days its liquor consignments from its
warehouses here, an official said. FCI had reportedly leased
some of its warehousing space to the state-owned liquor
company a couple of years ago, he said.

FCI godowns are at present facing space crunch because of
which about 40,000 tonnes of surplus foodgrains were lying in
the open, the official said, adding over 1,000 tonnes of wheat
stored at the Gandhi Nagar warehouse are lying in the open.

Scores of trucks loaded with fresh arrival of wheat were
seen stranded on the Tonk road with the police directing them
to leave the city road or face challans.


First Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 15:16

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