Maharashtra files cases against just 50 after conducting raids on 5,592 hoarders
After conducting raids on 5,592 hoarders and seizing commodities worth Rs539.5 crore, the Maharashtra government had filed cased against just 50, reveals RTI reply
Maharashtra government, which carried out raids on 5,592 hoarders of dal and oil, have filed cased against only 50, reveals a query filed under Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The query filed by RTI activist Anil Galgali, reveals that during the skyrocketing days or tur daal, the state government carried out its much publicised raids on 5,592 hoarders of commodities. This resulted in seizing daal and oil worth Rs539.50 crore. However, when it came to registering cases against these hoarders, the government seems to have dithered and have registered cased against just 50, Galgali said.
Galgali had sought information related to stock confiscated, cost and cases registered against hoarders of daal and oil. However, the Public Information Officer (PIO) tried to evade response, forcing Galgali to approach the First Appellate Authority.
During the Appellate hearing, the deputy secretary of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Protection Department informed Galgali that in a total of 5,592 raids conducted by the department after inspection of the godowns, essential commodities like daal, oil and oilseeds totalling quantity 1,36,921.833 metric tons worth Rs539.50 crore was seized and 50 cases have been registered.
Maximum seizures of the essential commodities were done in Mumbai and Thane. Commodities worth Rs458.55 crore with the quantity being 67,065.810 metric tonnes in total of 35 raids that were conducted in the region, followed by Konkan, where commodities worth Rs55.73 crore, comprising of 36,146.57 metric tons were seized, the RTI query revealed.
Galgali said, it is worth noting that in the Nagpur division comprising of Nagpur city, Nagpur rural, Wardha, Bhandara, Chandrapur, Gondia, and Gadchiroli, a total of 477 raids were conducted, but not a single case has been registered against the offenders. Similarly no cases have been registered in Amravati division. One case each has been filed in Konkan and Aurangabad divisions. In Pune 22 cases has been registered, while 19 cases have been registered in Mumbai and Thane division and seven cases were filed in Nashik division.
Galgali in a letter to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has demanded that, the names against whom the cases have been registered should at least be made public. He expressed surprise on the ratio of cases registered vis-a-vis the raids conducted stating that "dhhaad mein kuch kaala hai" (something fishy in the raids). He also stated that to curb black marketing and hoarding all the transactions be computerized to bring transparency.