4 of­fi­cials sus­pended, mus­tard pro­cure­ment hit in Haryana

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - Su­nil Ra­har su­nil.ku­mar3@htlive.com

RO­HTAK: Mus­tard pro­cure­ment in Haryana turned murky when in­volve­ment of cer­tain mar­ket com­mit­tee of­fi­cials in fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties sur­faced, lead­ing to their sus­pen­sion. An in­quiry has been ini­ti­ated into the mat­ter and we have sus­pended four mar­ket com­mit­tee of­fi­cials, con­firmed ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary, agri­cul­ture and farm­ers’ wel­fare depart­ment, San­jeev Kaushal on Fri­day.

Mus­tard grow­ers have, mean­while, ex­pressed their wor­ries and said they haven’t been able to sell their pro­duce for past more than a week. Pro­cure­ment at many cen­tres was stopped af­ter the gov­ern­ment re­ceived com­plaints re­gard­ing il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in­volv­ing some com­mis­sion agents, farm­ers and mar­ket com­mit­tee of­fi­cials.

ACS Kaushal said, “Some com­mis­sion agents pur­chased the mus­tard from Ra­jasthan at rates ₹600-₹700 lower than the MSP and sold the same in Haryana man­dis with the help of cer­tain farm­ers and mar­ket com­mit­tee of­fi­cials.”

“We are lodg­ing FIRs against those in­volved in the scam. Most of the farm­ers have al­ready sold their pro­duce and the crop of re­main­ing ones will be bought af­ter ver­i­fi­ca­tion,” he said.

‘WAIT­ING FOR MY TURN FOR PAST 8 DAYS’

The gov­ern­ment has been procur­ing mus­tard across 165 cen­tres in the state.

Su­mod Ku­mar, a farmer from Bhi­wani’s Sur­pura Khurd, said the gov­ern­ment had stopped pur­chas­ing their crop on May 20. How­ever, since the pro­cure­ment process was stopped across man­dis, the pri­vate deal­ers have been re­port­edly buy­ing mus­tard at ₹ 4,100 to 4,180 per quin­tal.

Dadri mar­ket com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Suresh Khokar said the gov­ern­ment had is­sued or­ders to stop the mus­tard pur­chase to en­sure lift­ing of pend­ing crop and store the same at godowns.

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