Srinagar residents allege distribution of ‘plastic rice’ by ration depot

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People were taken by surprise at a ration depot located at Kani Kadal area of Srinagar after consumers returned two bags of ration on the pretext that the bags contained “plastic rice.”

Locals told a local news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), a consumer took two bags of ration, each weighing 50 kgs to his home, but he returned both bags stating that the bags were filled with plastic rice.

“This is strange that now we are being given plastic rice,” a group of locals alleged and demanded a probe into the issue. Elderly people of Kani Kadal said that whosoever consumes the “plastic rice” will die and Consumer and Public Distribution Department (CA&PD) must look into the issue as to why people of Srinagar are being distributed with plastic rice.

However, Director CA&PD Kashmir Dr Abdul Salam Mir told KNO that the allegations about distribution of plastic rice were baseless. “The fact is it is 45-grade rice which has a high nutritional value. It is not plastic rice. This was being distributed some two months ago,” he said and urged people not to believe in rumours about distribution of plastic rice—(KNO)

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