Yogi Adityanath removes two district magistrates for alleged irregularities in food grains’ purchase and distribution

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Taking note of alleged irregularities in wheat purchase and distribution of food grains, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday (7 June) suspended the district magistrates of Fatehpur and Gonda.

photo: The Indian Express

“DM Fatehpur Prashant Kumar and DM Gonda JB Singh have been suspended by the chief minister after he took serious note of irregularities,” an official spokesman said.

“In Fatehpur, irregularities were found in wheat purchase. Fixing responsibility at senior level, the chief minister has ordered suspension of the DM. On 31 May, during an inspection by the food department, no wheat purchase was found from 13 May till date and there was no reason mentioned for it,” he said.

Lodging of FIRs was ordered by the Food Commissioner on Wednesday against a number of officials of the department in Fatehpur for not distributing token to farmers for wheat purchase and affecting the process, reported PTI.

“In Gonda, irregularities were found in distribution of food grains and the DM’s supervision and control was found to be lax, due to which he was suspended,” the spokesman said.

“Besides the DM, district supply officer Rajiv Kumar and district food marketing officer Ajay Vikram Singh have also been suspended and orders have been issued to register FIR in the entire matter,” the spokesman added.

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