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Minister forms committee to probe Krishi Bazar Samiti irregularities

Jamshedpur: State agriculture minister Banna Gupta convened a meeting of various district administration officials at Circuit House on Monday to discuss alleged anomalies in the functioning of Krishi Bazar Samiti, Parsudih.

The meeting was also attended by the deputy commissioner (DC) Amitabh Kaushal and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amol Venukant Homkar.

Addressing the meeting, Gupta hinted at a nexus between government officials and brokers of Krishi Bazar Samiti in various corrupt activities.

“There is strong possibility of a nexus between officials and brokers as vehicles were allowed without gate passes (issued after payment to the samity) causing loss to the state exchequer,” said the minister.

As per rules, any truck carrying consignment from outside the state has to first enter the Samiti premises where the trader has to pay one per cent mandi tax. After that, the consignment is either stored in Samiti godowns or carried inside the city, said Gupta.

The minister also constituted a three-member committee comprising the DC, SDO Dhalbhum Prem Ranjan (also chairman of Krishi Bazar Samiti, Parsudih) and special officer for rationing Jamshedpur Anil Kumar Rai to investigate into the irregularities and submit report to the state agriculture secretary Vishnu Kumar by tomorrow.

“I have recommended strong action against anyone found guilty of violation as the department was serious in enhancing revenue generation. In fact, this action is part of the step to free all Samitis from brokers and middlemen and protect the interest of the farmers,” said Gupta.

The minister also asked the police officials to make an effective action plan to prevent incidents of chain snatching and murder incidents in which a woman was killed at Kadma last week.

The DC was also directed to submit sketches and land papers of nearly 6 acre land plot at Baliguma near district agriculture office to Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited for initiating process of installation of 100 MW grid to solve power woes in Mango and Jamshedpur.

Jusco and Tata Steel officials were also present at the meeting. They were directed by the minister to immediately stop installation of 4G towers (installed by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd ) in residential areas and only issue NOC after ensuring that tower installation had been done after fulfilling DoT norms and Supreme Court guidelines on radiation hazards from such towers.

The minister also informed that the cabinet has last month sanctioned for construction of a double-lane 7.5 km long bridge over Subernarekha river worth Rs 39-crore to connect Marine Drive in Jamshedpur with Kanderbera (Chandil block of Seraikela-Kharsawan district).

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