HC notice to State over mess in transport of foodgrains to schools

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Aug 2017 09:28:22


Staff Reporter,

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has issued notice to State Govermment, Maharashtra State Co-Operative Marketing Federation on a PIL revealing lack of transparency in transport of foodgrains from the godowns of Food Corporation of India to various schools.

After the food-grains are loaded in godown of Food Corporation of India, its receipt by Education Department is after gap of about two weeks, noted a division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Rohit Deo while seeking response from the State Education Secretary, Marketing Federation and its Marketing Manager within next three weeks.

The PIL itself was initiated by the High Court last month while hearing another petition filed by M/s Jagdamba Enterprises, Beed in which he claimed that his contract to transport foodgrains from godowns of FCI to various schools was terminated for alleged lapses in previous year, the current contract was cancelled.

Maharashtra State Cooperative Marketing Federation had secured the tender for distribution of food grains from godowns to schools, and has allotted part of the
work to Jagdamba Enterprises. They claimed that contract was terminated for non-submission of bills and also for failure of contractor to give report about quantity of rice which remained with it after effecting supplies.

The High Court in that petition had observed that pleadings “obviously show lack of any supervision and control by respondent no.2 Federation on transporters. It give rise to various questions which cast doubt upon transparency of the entire procedure being followed.” The High Court while taking serious note of this utter lack of transparency in foodgrain transport had directed registry to file a separate PIL and appointed Adv Prashant Thakre as amicus curiae who presented a petition before the High Court on the basis of information and cooperation which he could obtain.