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The Tribune. New Delhi, 20 March 2015

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today put the Haryana Government, FCI, the Central Government and three grain procurement and storage agencies in the state on notice on a petition filed in public interest for prohibiting the practice of storing food grains and wheat on plinths resulting in colossal damage to the produce. The notice by Justice Satish Kumar Mittal and Justice Shekhar Dhawan for March 26 came on a PIL by Bajeet Singh of Guru Har Sahai for abolishing the existing unscientific and inappropriate system of food grain storage on plinths. He claimed that food grains become unfit for human consumption and had to be sold or auctioned as animal food, for industrial use or as manure, if not dumped. Through counsel HC Arora, the petitioner referred to recent tenders floated by the Haryana Food Supplies Department for auctioning more than 37,000 metric tonnes of damaged wheat stocks of 2011-12 and 2012-13.

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