Acting on a tip off that certain Fair Price Shop owners were using adulterated rice procured for the Public Distribution System, state Food & Supply Minister Mr Jyotipriyo Mallik cracked down heavily on two FPS’s in Memari in Burdwan (East) last evening.

The minister sealed one warehouse of a FPS operator at Begunia near Satgachhia in Memari and on Thursday, four other warehouses of the same operator were sealed accordingly.

The officials, during raid seized poor quality rice procured from other states too from the warehouses on Thursday.

Mr Mallik, while visiting Nadia district yesterday received a tip off that rice stacked for PDS consignments at a warehouse operated by one registered dealer Ranjit Bhattacharya at Satgachhia was containing adulterated mixtures and poor quality rice taken from other states, which was prohibited.

After a sudden crackdown and seizure, Mr Mallik then rushed to neighbouring Begunia where he raided the warehouse of one distributor Balaichand Adhya where rice procured from Punjab, Haryana were seized.

Four of his warehouses were sealed consecutively. While leaving, Mr Mallik instructed District Food Controller to conduct extensive raid in the warehouses of the respective distributors across the district.

District Food Controller, Mr Debamalya Basu said: “Raids were conducted in several warehouses and samples were collected.

We were yet to ascertain – how the distributors were procuring rice from other states, despite of repeated caution.”

Mr Paresh Hazra, district secretary, MR Dealer Association meanwhile alleged that they were provided poor quality old stock supply from the state owned warehouses time to time, which also caused inconvenience.”