TNCSC Managing Director S. Prabhakaran advised IANS: “The spoiled jaggery is being sent back. In several districts of the state, the jaggery that was spoiled has been replaced and we have asked the manufacturers to take the spoiled lot and replace them with fresh loads in the district where it has not been replaced yet.”
The Tamil Nadu authorities has sanctioned a whopping Rs 1,297 crore to offer Pongal reward hampers to 2.16 crore ration cardholders of the state. There are 21 gadgets in every reward hamper.
The TNCSC Managing Director additionally stated that inspections are being carried out at varied godowns of suppliers and gadgets like pepper which might be of poor high quality are being changed.
Shop keepers and retailers of Tamil Nadu stated some jaggery was combined with sugar which has a lot lesser shelf life attributable to which the spoiled product reached the tip-person.
An workplace-bearer of Tamil Nadu Merchants Association whereas chatting with IANS on situation of anonymity stated, “The government had a good intention to provide gift hampers with 21 items for the people of the state who are using rice ration cards. However, the officials have looked the other way round, or else such a situation wherein a large quantity of jaggery is replaced from the gift hamper does not arise. He said that stringent checks have to be carried out at the godowns of those who are supplying items in Pongal gift hampers.”
However, the Tamil Nadu Food Safety division maintained that the jaggery that’s being equipped is secure for consumption though the form of the jaggery is just not correct.
President, Tamil Nadu Food Grains Manufacturing Association, S.P. Jayaparakasam advised IANS: “If we traders had sold such semi-solid shapeless jaggery we would have been taken to task by the Food Safety Department. Similar action must be taken against those responsible. Jaggery laced with Sugar cannot deserve to be called as jaggery.”
TNCSC Managing Director stated that the final batch of Pongal reward hampers was distributed on Thursday and all of the cardholders will obtain the Pongal reward hampers in a pair of days.