Raids net 30,000 quintals of tur

Hoarding comes to fore in Bidar, Gbarga

The Food and Civil Supplies department has seized 23,660 quintals of tur in the raids conducted across Bidar district in the last two days. Apart from this, 11,410 quintals of tur dal has also been netted. The raids continued for the third day at major grain market area in the City.

The Department has constituted seven teams to check hoarding in the district. The teams, headed by respective tahsildars conducted raids in Bidar, Bhalki, Basavakalyan, Aurad and Humnabad taluks. The raids were carried out at urban centres where godowns, retail shops and dal mills are concentrated, Deputy Director of Foods and Civil Supplies, Vijay Kumar told Deccan Herald.

A wholesale trader has been allowed to stock 2,000 quintals of tur, a retailer can stock up to 50 quintals while mills are permitted to hold the stock for 30 days’ milling capacity. Explanation will now be sought from the traders for stocking more than the permitted quantity. They will be called upon to produce documents - trading licence issued by the department, receipt for having paid tax to Commercial Tax Department, production and procurement certificates (for dal mills) and permission obtained from APMC, he disclosed. Besides, farmers, who have kept the produce for sale with traders will be asked to produce pahanis, which will be verified with their statement available with Revenue and other departments. He cautioned that stocks would be seized if the documents sought are not furnished.

Meanwhile, a team of officials, led by Yadgir Assistant Commissioner P Vasanthkumar, detected tur stock of 8,038 quintals of at a warehouse in Shahpur of Gulbarga taluk. Official sources said further action will be taken only after looking into records. The price of tur in wholesale market has come down to Rs 7,500 per quintal from a high of Rs 9,200, in the wake of raids, according to a trader.

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