Alleged Rice scam: Govt awaits completion of inquiry

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Minister in-charge Social Welfare Kyrmen Shylla said that the government is waiting for the independent inquiry committee to complete its probe into the alleged rice scam.

 

Speaking to reporters, Shylla said that the independent inquiry has been asked to complete the investigation within a period of three months.

 

“So we are waiting for the report,” he added.

 

The Independent inquiry headed Justice (Retired) Mool Chand Garg, Madhya Pradesh High Court was constituted by the state government on July 29.

 

The Independent inquiry has been asked to probe into the matter of rice allotted to Continental Milkcose (India) Ltd for the supplementary nutrition program (SNP) found in a private godown in Boko, Assam and seized by Assam police.

 

It was also asked to inquire into the quality of fortified SNP food items being supplied to the children, pregnant and lactating women under the integrated child development services (ICDS) scheme and whether any testing is done and whether it is as per the norms and whether the quantity of food reaching the beneficiaries is as per norms.

 

When asked about questions being raised on the quality of the fortified food supplied by the Continental Milkcose (India) Ltd, Shylla however said, “We have done testing before the food is supplied to the children and the report has been submitted.”

 

If the government has any plan to change the firm, the minister said, “We cannot say no or yes when it comes to this as we have to wait for the inquiry report. (However), if we found that this person (owner of the firm) has done something which is not right then we have to take strict action against him.”

 

He however said the department is nobody to give any judgment against the firm because the matter has been given for inquiry.