RAJOURI, Mar 4: Tehsildar Thannamani sealed the ration store of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department at Thannamandi town in district Rajouri this afternoon.
Official sources told the Excelsior that action was taken on the directions of the Minister for FCS&CA, Ch Zulfkar Ali, who further asked the Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Shabir Ahmed Bhat to seal the Govt ration store at Thannamandi and hold an inquiry into the matter.
Tehsildar, Thannamandi, Shahid Iqbal, after receiving directions from DC Rajouri, while using his Magisterial powers, promptly moved to the ration store along with some police force and sealed food grain store. He also picked up the store record.
Deputy Commissioner, when contacted told the Excelsior that a deputation of ration dealers from Thannamandi area met the visiting Minister, Zulfkar Ali at Rajouri in the morning. The dealers alleged that they were being provided less ration by store staff despite the full quota approved by the senior officers. They also alleged that they had brought the matter to the notice of notice of senior officers at Rajouri but there was improvement in the system. They alleged massive pilferage of ration.
The Minister then directed to seal the store and hold inquiry. Bhat said that inquiry committee will be framed tomorrow or the day after and as it submits its report the allegations will be proved. If storekeeper and his staff has issued less ration to dealers, then it will be there in the store. The store record will also be scrutinized, the DC added.