Haryana penalises fair price shops for unfair practices

December 14th, 2008 - 5:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Dec 14 (IANS) The Haryana government has cancelled licences of 167 fair price shops for corruption, officials said here Sunday.The vigilance cell of the state’s Food and Supplies department has cancelled 167 licences and forfeited security of 677 dealers, amounting to over Rs.519,000 for corrupt practices in distribution of essential commodities among people during the current financial year, officials said.

Officials said that during the period, 18 cases were registered by the police and 16 people were arrested.

Goods worth over Rs.378,000 were seized from these traders.

Haryana has 9,552 fair price shops across the state, 6,888 in rural areas and 2,664 in urban areas.

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