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Markfed used old bags to pack wheat in Dhuri, finds probe 

Sangrur: The detection of use of old bags against norms by government purchase agency Markfed in Dhuri subdivision to pack purchased wheat has raised questions.Two days ago, DC Ghanshayam Thori had ordered an inquiry. The Markfed authorities had also formed a four-member team after complaints. The team found 8,000 old bags filled with wheat and started further legal action.Last week, after noticing the use of bags of 2009-10 to 2016-17 for packing of wheat in the Dhuri grain market and other purchase centres by Markfed, local arhtiyas informed senior government officials dealing with the purchase.“As per guidelines, the authorities should have used bags of the current year. If they had any shortage of bags, they could have used only last year bags with permission. However, the use of bags older than a year is against the norms,” said the DC. Thori added that they would write to senior authorities of Markfed for strict departmental action against officers concerned. Sangrur District Manager, Markfed, Manjit Brar did not take calls on his mobile phone, but sources said the department had started the process to replace old bags with new.

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