The rotting of 9 tonnes of food grains at the Pune regional transport office (RTO) parking lot, of which RTO officers were least bothered and district supply officials (DSO) were unaware, has opened a can of worms.
dna had exposed the issue in its earlier reports.
For five months, the food meant for below poverty level (BPL) families in Maval taluka was rotting while the district supply officials had no clue about its whereabouts.
The DSO claimed they dispatched the food assuming it will reach the beneficiaries. However it has come to light that they never bothered to cross-check the delivery and are now more bothered about collecting Rs15 per bag as fine.
More than 112 families of Maval taluka were deprived of their monthly ration of wheat, thanks to the indifferent attitude of the DSO as they did not have adequate measures to save 9 tonnes of food grains that rotted after the Pune RTO confiscated the truck bearing registration number MH-12-DT-7577 on June 7.
After dna inquired about the food grains, the district supply officer Madhukar Bodke, food grain distribution officer (FDO), said, “We have verified the details in our register and have also issued notices to the contractor and owner of the truck. As the food grains did not reach on time, the owner of the truck will have to pay Rs15 per kg for the wheat.”
If DSO would have followed up on the delivery on time, the food grains would have been delivered and more than 112 families would not have been deprived of monthly supply.
The DSO did not bother to tally their register and check whether the truck carrying food grains reached the godown at Maval. They claimed they verify the number of trucks that reached godowns in all 15 talukas.
Bodke said, “We have issued notices to the contractor and owner of the truck asking them why food grains did not reach Maval taluka. We will be taking strict action against them.”
Fresh supply sent only last week
After dna inquired with the DSO last week, the officials dispatched a truck with fresh supply of food grains to Maval taluka. RTO officials too were caught napping as the address listed by the driver did not check out as reported by dna and later dna tracked down the owner of the truck, who will now have to pay a fine of over Rs1 lakh and take the rotten food grains from the RTO.