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Govt likely to order CBI probe into Rs 3000 crore food scam

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Aurangabad, Feb 24 (UNI) Bihar Food and Civil Supplies Minister Suchitra Sinha today said the state government has been requested to order a CBI inquiry into the Rs 3000 crore food scam.

Ms Sinha told newspersons here that she had already written to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in this regard.

State vigilance bureau, in its report to the state government, had detected largescale irregularities in distribution of food grains among the people below poverty line in several districts of the state.

Stating that the prevailing quota of foodgrains for people below poverty line was inadequate, Ms Sinha said the state government was contemplating to increase it.

She said the quota was fixed on the basis of 1991 census and steps would be taken to effect changes on the basis of 2001 census.

Ms Sinha said the government had taken serious note of largescale irregularities in distribution of kerosene oil and food grains and constituted special task forces to check the corruption.

She said all district magistrates had been instructed to take action against officials found guilty of the irregularities committed in food grain distribution.

The minister said the government had taken strong exception to the reported adulteration of petroleum products by petrol pump owners, and added action would be taken against the erring petrol pump owners.

With a view to strenghthening the consumer forums, the state government had decided to reconstitute the state level and district level consumer forums, she added.

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