Call for Official Investigation into Feed Scam

ORISSA, INDIA - The Opposition Congress Party is calling for an offical investigation into a long-running scam regarding poultry feed.
calendar icon 5 January 2010
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The Opposition Congress party has demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged poultry feed scam in Orissa, saying the vigilance enquiry into the multi-crore scam would not reach any logical conclusion, reports The Hindu.

Hundreds of Congress activists under the leadership of party's city president, Suresh Mohapatra, yesterday (4 January) demonstrated in front of the office of the district Collector here and demanded that the matter be handed over to the CBI alleging several top bureaucrats having nexus with some State ministers are involved in the scam.

The Congress leaders later submitted a memorandum to this effect to the district collector which was addressed to the State governor.

Congress leaders claimed that although, vigilance sleuths had first unearthed the scam and brought this to the light, the anti-corruption wing of the police department would not be allowed to handle the case impartially since some influential officers protected by some ruling party leaders were involved in it.

Vigilance officials last month unearthed the scam to the tune of 140 million rupees after raiding various locations in Khurda, Cuttack, Dhenkanal and Ganjam districts. The sleuths have also seized many incriminating documents that clearly show prima facie evidence against top officials of the Directorate of animal husbandry and fisheries.

The Directorate, as per an order from Center had procured 20,000 tonnes of maize from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh to be distributed at subsidised price to the poultry farms of the State in 2006 when the entire nation was gripped by the threat of bird flu.

However, on enquiry, it was revealed that the procured feeds were distributed to some fake poultry farms which did not exist at all. The vigilance directorate claim that further investigations are on, according to The Hindu.

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