Flour Scam? Inquiry team interacts with locals

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By KNT on 17/05/2020.

Flour Scam?  Inquiry team interacts with locals

Will take action, if allegations prove correct: AD

Kupwara, May 17: Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCSCA) Kupwara tried to wash off their hands terming the news report about fraud in flour distribution fake merely on flimsy grounds that there is no scheme for free flour distribution in the district. People at the helm of affairs tried to justify the acts of their employees and tried to silence the voice of the whistle blowers claiming that there is no scheme for free flour distribution.

“If flour bags have not disappeared from Devar Lolab Stores, then what the was need for sending an inquiry team to the village who interacted with the people and prepared a report,” a local from Devar Lolab told news agency KNT.

Pertinently, it was reported yesterday that for Ward number 4 to 6, in Devar Lolab area of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district, 45 flour bags were dispatched for distribution among poor people. “In absence of any accountability, all the 45 bags disappeared in the middle of the night from the store,” local have alleged.

The Department first described the news report fake but as the audio and videos pertaining to the subject went viral, Assistant Director Mudasir Ahmed sent a team to Devar to inquire the matter.

The team was led by TSO and Union President Kupwara, Gulzar Ahmed. Locals who assembled in large numbers reiterated that flour bags disappeared and no flour was distributed among them. Locals demanded stern action against the store-keepers.

Local sources said that inquiry team requested locals to forgive the ‘young’ store-keeper but when they refused, the team prepared a final report and assured people of action.

AD Mudasir Ahmed confirmed that he sent a team to Devar Lolab to inquire the matter. “There is no free flour distribution but yes, something has happened. Flour bags that were for distribution didn’t reach to people and the matter is under investigation,” he said if claims made by people prove correct, action under law will follow.