Milk purchased for Rs 1.99 crore for flood victims sold, or not traceable: CAG

Business Desk/Srinagar
August 10, 2017 BUSINESS 180 Views

Milk purchased from a Delhi company under State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) for Rs 1.99 crore for victims of 2014 devastating flood was either used by the cooperative as part of its business or was not traceable, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India said in its report today.
Similarly, 16071 quintals of rice received from different governments for flood victims were also damaged or become sub-standard because of delay in lifting by government, CAG said in its report ending March 2016.
According to the report, the Kashmir Divisional Commissioner had sanctioned Rs 2.51 crore out of SDRF for purchase of 75,000 kg of “whole milk” and 5000 kg of skimmed milk from M/S Milk Producer Cooperative Limited, Milk plant Srinagar for distribution among the flood affected people of Kashmir.
The cooperative received full quantity of whole and skimmed milk in September 2014. However, only 7000 kg of whole milk was distributed among the affected. The report said while 2600 kg of milk was damaged, the balance valued as Rs 1.99 crore was either used by the Cooperative as part of its business or was not traceable, the CAG report added.
About rice received from different states for distribution among the victims, the CAG said out of 26500 quintals of rice received from Chhattisgarh government, 2675 quintals were damaged at waterlogged open space at Udhampur Railway stations due to delay in lifting.
Similarly, 13396 quintals which were transported to Kashmir was also damaged or become sub standard in June 2015 due to delay in distribution by the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD) department. This resulted in Rs 42.74 lakh spent on transportation of the rice being rendered infructuous, the report said.

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