Sindh Food Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dehar has taken exception to reports about mixing of contaminated wheat with wheat fit for human consumption at certain godowns in the province.
In a statement issued on Sunday, he said the provincial food department was in process to auction approximately 300,000 bags containing rotten wheat for its use as animal and bird feed.
“Use of this contaminated wheat for any purpose other than preparation for animal and bird feed will be liable to punishment under the law,” said the minister. Responding to reports that some unscrupulous elements may be trying to amalgamate the wheat damaged due to inadequate arrangements for their safe storage, during 2008 to 2012, with wheat fit for human consumption, he said the matter would be thoroughly probed.
“If the news is found to be correct then the culprits, including government servants and concerned floor millers, would be strictly handled,” he said. Minister Mehtab Hussain Dehar said the department had chalked out a transparent procedure for the auction of the damaged crop and it had also been repeatedly mentioned that this would be only for animal and bird feed preparation.
Sindh Food Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dehar said series of measures have also been adopted to eliminate corruption and other malpractices in the department.