State Civil Supplies Commissioner C V Anand said that the enforcement wing conducted 179 raids across the State and booked nine criminal cases and 56 cases under 6A Essential Commodities Act. A special enforcement wing, constituted in February comprising 20 retired police officers to curb malpractices and corruption in distribution of essential commodities, has seized 3,507 quintals of PDS rice, 937 quintals of custom milled rice (CMR) paddy worth Rs 1 crore and fine sugar worth Rs 2.15 crore.

In a press release here on Sunday, Anand said with these raids the department has reduced the illegal transportation of Sanna Biyyam (fine rice) worth Rs 3.16 crore.He said that frequent

raids by team have also indicated growth in performance of fair price shops.

“Strict measures at the State border have indicated a decrease in illegal supply of PDS rice,” he said.He said the department has recovered the maximum CMR from millers due to frequent checks.

“In the Kharif season (2015-16) close to 4,525 metric tons of rice was to be recovered. In 2016-17 Kharif season only 1,192 tons is due indicating that 99 per cent of rice has been recovered,” Anand said.

The department is aiming to eradicate corruption and irregularities in PDS and offenders would be dealt with firmly, he added.

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