Itanagar: A high level team of Food Corporation Of India (FCI) led by its executive director (finance) J Srivastava arrived here on 15 May on a four-day visit to study the alleged mismanagement of PDS in Arunachal Pradesh and recommend measures to revamp the system.
According to secretary, civil supply department of the state H Kojeen, the 3-member team had inspected one of the principal distribution centres of the FCI here.
After a meeting with senior officials they will leave for Tezu, headquarters of Lohit district on 16 May.
They were also expected to visit Anini, Pasighat, Daporijo, Seppa and Tawang during their stay to study the feasibility of opening six more principal distribution centres of FCI in these places.
At present, FCI distributes rice and other essential items from seven base depots, four of which are located inside Arunachal Pradesh and three in Assam.
There have been allegations that PDS items seldom reached the people of the state as they were diverted and sold in black markets by some people in collusion with carriage contractors.
The new chief minister Dorjee Khandu on assuming reins of the state last month took up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and agriculture minister Sharad Pawar and apprised them of the situation arrising out of alleged PDS scam running into several crores.
He also requested Congress president Sonia Gandhi to help the state government to revamp the PDS and reach out to the scarcity-hit people specially in the border and inaccessible areas.