Hoarders in for big trouble
Reddy okays ‘incentive to informer’ scheme
HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Monday gave
approval to ‘incentive to informer’ scheme, offering a maximum of four
per cent of confiscated value, to get at hoarders and blackmarketeers.
four per cent would be shared equally after final confiscation, by
informers and enforcement officers. A maximum ceiling of Rs.10 lakh
incentive is fixed for the officials during their period of service.
also directed the Civil Supplies department to supply one kg of
gram (sanaga pappu) at Rs.30 and a kg of yellow peas (battana) at Rs.20
every month to white ration card holders in urban areas as a pilot
These steps which would be in addition to the half kg red gram (toor
dal) being supplied every month through fair price shops now was part
of the government efforts to control the prices of essential
commodities and sugar, according to a press release from the Chief
Reddy has decided to write a letter to the Central government to fix
the price or allow the State government to do the same through a
special order, for superfine rice and pulses for seizure, de-hoarding
and release of these commodities. This was necessary as the seized
goods could be released and sold through fair price shops at the
government fixed price only. This would avoid the problem now
encountered by the enforcement authorities when the case was settled.
also announced the decision to reconstitute the Food Advisory
Committees at the district and mandal levels. It will comprise 12
members with equal number of official and non-official members and will
function as a price monitoring committee. The Collector will head the
district level committee and Mandal Praja Parishad president at the
mandal. The panels will take strong decisions at the local level and
review the availability of food grains, prices, instances of hoarding,
blackmarketing and profiteering.
Civil Supplies Minister, Jupalli Krishna Rao, Advisor to the
government, D. V. Somayajulu and officers attended the review meeting.
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