Advocacy in court to verify Tur Dal provided by central agencies

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A writ petition has been filed in the Madras High Court to appoint an attorney commissioner to inspect Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) godowns at various locations across the state and obtain samples of Tur Dal provided by the National Agricultural Cooperative. Marketing Federation and Kendriya Bhandar.

The plea was to submit the Tur Dal to test its quality in any government appointed laboratory and file the report in court.
Judge R Suresh Kumar granted the motion on Friday and ordered a notice to the relevant authorities which can be returned in two weeks.

The main prayer of the petition of Sri Sairam Impex, represented by its authorized signatory R Ramachandran is for an instruction to the TNCSC to take action against the Tamil Nadu unit of NAFED here for subcontracting a deal with the Kendriya Bhandar to Chennai for the supply of 14,614 MT from Tur Dal to TNCSC.

The agreement was reached on July 20, this year between the Cooperation, Food and Consumer Department of the TN Government and NAFED for the supply of 14,646 MT of Tur Dal in 50 jute bags at the rate of Rs 88,540 per ton. Even though the deal was between the two, NAFED outsourced it to Kendriya Bhandar, who tarnished the name of the state government in the ‘Pongal Parisu’ scheme in January this year, the petitioner alleged .

By entering into a sub-contract with Kendriya Bhandar, NAFED had eliminated competition from other millers like the petitioner. Due to the act of NAFED, the lives of millers in Tamil Nadu are in jeopardy. Since the claimant is one of the incorporated millers, NAFED should have awarded the contract to one of the state incorporated millers. But, NAFED gave the shelling and supply contract to Kendriya Bhandar, who does not even own a mill or godown in Chennai. NAFED should not have outsourced its tender to a third party like Kendriya Bhandar, which does not own any factory or packaging facility, argued the petitioner.

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