Alappuzha: A wagon loaded with food grains as part of the public distribution system took 11 months to reach Kerala. The wagon carrying 60 tons of wheat from Haryana-Punjab regions set out to Kerala in February 2018 and reached Alappuzha railway yard on Wednesday. As the grains were stored in the wagon for about a year, the whole load of wheat was spoilt.
Normally, 21 wagons are sent in a single trip from the centre. But only 20 wagons reached here February last year. One of the wagon went missing. This wagon now reached Alappuzha after doing the rounds at various stations and FCI (Food Corporation of India) godowns in the country.
The wagon reached Alappuzha on Wednesday at 5.30 pm. The labourers brought the wheat to FCI on Thursday morning and found that the grain was spoilt. With this, it was identified that the wagon was sent 11 months ago. The FCI authorities informed about the incident to the railway.
As per primary assumption, the wagon was delayed due to frequent damages during the journey. A detailed investigation will take place in this regard. The railway may have to give a compensation to the FCI for the spoilt grains. A decision will be taken after an inspection by the officials of railway and FCI. The spoilt wheat will be destroyed or used for making cattle feed.
Alappuzha district supply officer P. Muraleedharan Nair said that they have directed the FCI officials not to distribute the wheat through ration shops. There is sufficient quantity of food grains in storage for public distribution, he added.