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Updated: January 30, 2013 10:43 IST

Not just rice – sand, dust, and rat waste too through PDS

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Family card holders picketing a Public Distribution System outlet at
Kallamedu, near Selvapuram, in the city on Tuesday. Photo: M. Periasamy
The Hindu Family card holders picketing a Public Distribution System outlet at Kallamedu, near Selvapuram, in the city on Tuesday. Photo: M. Periasamy

A bag of rice contained nearly 10 kg of foreign particles

Residents of Kallamedu in Selvapuram staged a demonstration on Tuesday in protest against the poor quality of rice supplied at the public distribution system outlet.

Mehaboob, wife of Abdul Razak, said that the rice she purchased from Shop Number 60 had sand, rat waste, paper and dust. It stunk. And there was no way one could boil the rice.

She had bought her entire monthly quantity – 35 kg – on Monday. On reaching home, the woman realised the rice was very bad.

Fellow resident T. Thirumoorthy had a similar experience.

The 15 kg he bought from the shop had more or less the same waste. On Tuesday when more women residents received the same rice they picked up a quarrel with the shop supervisor, staged a protest and also informed the District Supply Officer and other officials.

The quality of goods supplied from the shop in the last eight months has been of poor quality.

On Tuesday it went beyond the acceptable level, the residents said.

The quantity of goods the shopkeeper supplied was inadequate. He or she would supply oil or dal only on alternate months. If questioned, he or she would cite the poor stock availability.

The district officials rushed to spot, inspected the quality of rice and directed the removal of the rice bags from the shop.

The officials said that they removed 68 bags, each of which would weigh anywhere between 30 and 40 kg, having around five to 10 kg foreign particles.

The officials also said that the rice could be at least four to five months old as the colour threads attached to the bags suggested so.

For January 2013 the shopkeeper ought to have supplied rice from bags containing yellow threads.

The officials further said that if the cooperative society running the public distribution outlet chose to hand it over to the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation, the latter would clean the rice and handover the same to the society concerned.

They also ruled out replacing the rice the residents had purchased because they had taken the consignment home. If they had returned the rice right at the shop, the officials could replace the same.

The residents, meanwhile, gave up the protests, after officials promised to supply quality goods.

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