There has been an allegation of error involving a Trinamool councilor’s ration shop, leading to strict action by the administration. The Food Distribution Department of the West Burdwan District Administration conducted a raid on the ration shop belonging to Mohammad Salim Akhtar, who is a councilor of Ward No. 63 in Asansol Municipality. The raid was prompted by complaints of significant discrepancies in the shop’s operations.
During the surprise inspection, the administration found irregularities and discrepancies in the ration shop’s functioning. As a result, the shop was sealed. This is not the first time such allegations have arisen against Salim’s ration shop; there were previous complaints of irregularities and fines imposed. However, it’s alleged that corrective actions were not taken despite these warnings, leading to the administration’s strict action.
Salim Akhtar has also been issued a show cause notice, demanding an explanation within seven days regarding around 400 quintals of rice and wheat that were reportedly not accounted for properly.
This incident has generated political discussions and pressure. The BJP’s Asansol organizational district president, Bappa Chattopadhyay, accused the Trinamool party of misusing food supplies provided by the central government. On the other hand, the Deputy Mayor of Asansol Municipality, Wasimul Haque, dismissed these accusations as opposition criticism and mentioned that allegations of corruption often arise at the grassroots level and are sometimes politicized.
Overall, the situation involves allegations of irregularities and discrepancies in a ration shop owned by a Trinamool councilor, which has resulted in the shop’s closure and political reactions from various quarters.