Prevent smuggling of paddy, says DGP

HYDERABAD: Director-General of Police Anjani Kumar said strict measures should be taken to prevent illegal entry of paddy from other states into Telangana when the government begins procurement at a minimum support price.

Telangana has 17 districts sharing their border with Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh, and special checkposts have been set up in 50 areas to prevent the entry of paddy during the procurement season here.

The DGP stated that additional collectors, SPs, and revenue and civil supply officers draft a joint plan to set up check posts in these 17 border districts immediately.

He was speaking at a meeting to review plans for the prevention of the smuggling of paddy into Telangana in which officials from the police, vigilance, civil supplies, and excise departments participated here on Tuesday.

“Due to the lack of capacity to mill the paddy, some millers have requested the police to conduct constant checks on the grain stocks as there is a possibility of diverting them to other routes. We want to focus on the millers on cases that were registered in the past,” Anjani Kumar said.

Additional DG Sanjay Kumar Jain said that check posts should be set up at the borders to stop the transportation of grain from other states.

Civil supplies commissioner Anil Kumar said that there was a possibility of illegal arrival of grains not only through check posts but also from other routes. “Therefore, there is a need to prevent the illegal arrival of grains.

Director of Prohibition and excise department Sarfaraz Ahmed informed that the SPs and excise officers in the districts should jointly meet and formulate an action plan.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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