Rotten wheat arrives in rail wagon from Punjab

Rotten wheat arrives in rail wagon from Punjab
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Alappuzha: Sixty tons of wheat sent from Punjab has taken 10 months to reach the Food Corporation of India (FCI) godown in Alappuzha. The wagon was opened on Thursday and the entire load was found to be infested with rats and maggots. The offloaded sacks are now stacked in the corridor of the FCI godown.

One of the 12 wagons, with six loads of wheat, booked by the FCI was stuck at a railway station somewhere in North India. The loads of rice and wheat that made it to the godown on time have already been distributed through Civil Supplies outlets. The loads were paid for in advance, and the reason for the delay is being investigated, said the FCI authorities.

No distribution

“Stale food won’t be distributed through Civil Supplies outlets. The district supply officer will be directed to exercise caution. Inspections will be carried out to assure quality, and the stale grain will be disposed off,” said Minister for Food and Civil Supplies P Thilothaman said.

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