रविवार, 13 सितंबर 2015

Revenue loss of Rs. 50 lakhs due to Nimapara Cold Storage

Loss of Rs. 50 lakhs to State Exchequer due to mismanagement of  only one  Cold Storage located at Nimapara of Puri district, Odisha   by the Govt., exposed through RTI
Last Year ( 2014), the farmers of Nimapara  area of Puri district  had  lodged complaint to District Collector  and filed FIR in local Police station  against the lease holder  of  Cold Storage  located at Nimapara  which  is under control of M/s Nimapara Multi-Commodities  Storage and Marketing Co-operative Society Ltd. The allegation was that the Lease Holder had sold all the potato   kept in cold storage by the farmers. The farmers came to know about it when they had gone to lift potato from cold storage. The approximate cost of the potato as mentioned in the FIR was more than five lakh rupees. Though the farmers organised rally, demonstration, Dharana to get their potato returned back, the Govt. precariously failed to deliver potato and pay compensation to the farmers till today.
To find out  the  details of information about management of Cold Storage  by the Society, RTI Application was submitted to the PIO, Dept. of Cooperation, Govt. of Odisha  on 7.3.15.  After five months, the information was supplied by the Secretary, office of  M/s Nimapara Multi-Commodities  Storage and Marketing Co-operative Society Ltd, Nimapara  which is as follows.
A.   For the management of Cold Storage, the  Nimapara Multi-Commodities  Storage and Marketing Co-operative Society Ltd. ( LESSOR) entered  lease agreement with M/S Seashore Agricultural Promotion Company ( LESSEE)  on 25.3.11 for a period of 2 consecutive  operational seasons  ending in the month of November 2012. The lessee will pay a sum of Rs. 1, 75,000/- as monthly lease rent payable each month. Failure to pay the monthly lease amount by the stipulated date, the lessee shall pay penalty @ Rs. 100.00 per each day of default in addition to monthly lease amount. But the Seashore Company violated lease agreement and did not pay the monthly rent. An outstanding amount of Rs. 28, 75,000.00 is yet to be recovered from Seashore Company Ltd.
B.   After cancelling lease agreement with  the Seashore Company, the Nimapara society ( LESSOR)  entered into another  lease agreement with Sri Harish Chandra Prusty( LESSEE) , at-Beherasahi, Near Nayak Plaza, Puri , Odisha  on 8.3.13 for management of cold storage  on lease  on a monthly rent  of Rs. 1,05,000/- for a period of 2 consecutive operational seasons ending in the month of Nov. 2014. Sri Harish Prusty did not pay monthly rent which caused a loss of Rs. 33,05,610.00  from state exchequer.  Without paying any rent,  he  sold the potato of the Farmers kept in cold storage.  Till yet, the State Govt. has neither recovered  Monthly rent outstanding amount of Rs. 33,05,610.00   nor the potato from him. The poor farmers are still suffering without getting their potato or the compensation against it. Now the Society has cancelled his lease agreement.
C.  Presently, the   Nimapara Multi-Commodities  Storage and Marketing Co-operative Society has entered into new lease agreement with Sri Bishnu Charan Baral ( LESSEE) , At-Badagaon, Post- Ohala, PS- Nimapara, Dist-Puri for management of cold storage  on lease  on a monthly basis rent of Rs. 1,11,111.00 for a period of two  calendar years from 4.3.2015 to 3.3.2017. Sri Baral  has already paid Rs. 5,55,555.00 towards monthly rent.
Remarks:
Due to mismanagement of Cold storage and non-payment of monthly rent by the lease holders, the farmers could not get any benefit nor their materials protected properly.  This is one of the reasons  for which  the farmers  are  found not interested for  agriculture. This is general phenomena across the state.
Pradip Pradhan, M- 9937843482, Date- 12.09.2015 

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