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CAG report details wheat loss causes

CAG report details wheat loss causes
TNN | Apr 11, 2012, 02.50AM IST
CHANDIGARH: Wastage of wheat amounting to crores of rupees every year because of inadequate storage space and lack of quality control is not something new in the state. Punjab State Grains Procurement Corporation Ltd (PSGPCL), one of the five procurement agencies, has come under the scanner of the comptroller and auditor general (CAG).
In the latest report, CAG has slammed PSGPCL for inadequate storage space and its failure not only to ensure quality control mechanism for safety of wheat stock but also in fixing responsibility for wheat damage in crores.
The improper storage caused the damage of 18,272 metric tonnes of wheat costing Rs 18.41 crore, between 2006 and 2009 in Amritsar and Bathinda districts.
The report states that PSGPCL, which incurred losses of more than Rs 137 crore in 2010-2011, had not ensured storage of wheat in covered godowns and resorted to the yield in mandi yards, sugar mills, rice mills or on the floor.
The percentage of shortfall in storage capacity increased from 66.25% in 2006-2007 to 82.64% in 2010-2011, states the report, even as the quantity of wheat procured in the corresponding period also went up, adds the report. It mentions that proper cleaning of storage space before arrival of wheat was also not taken care of. Officials of the home and foreign departments, border management secretary E Ahmad and district authorities visited the Attari integrated check post (ICP) on Tuesday to inspect last minute preparations before its formal inauguration on April 13. After holding a meeting with officials of various departments, Ahmad told media persons that Union home minister P Chidambaram, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and higher officials of Pakistan would arrive for the inaugural ceremony of ICP.

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