Maharashtra Congress today alleged that there was a “major scam” in the purchase of tur and sought to know how state minister Arjun Khotkar’s family sold 377 quintal tur in a matter of just a few days at NAFED, when other farmers were struggling to sell their produce. Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said, “There is a major scam in the procurement of tur. The committee appointed by the government to provide details on sellers of tur have submitted a list of those 800 people. That list has Khotkar’s name as well.”
In the entire Jalna district, from where Khotkar hails, around 4.5 lakh tonnes tur is cultivated and out of that over one lakh tonnes has been sold by about 800 farmers.
According to Sawant, on February 14, Khotkar’s family sold around 190 quintals of tur to the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) and again on February 18, around the same quantity was sold.
“We demand a high-level inquiry as to how such huge quantum of tur was sold in such a short span,” he said.