Gujarat suspends sale of fertilisers till May 13

A series of complaints from farmer groups has led to suspend the sale of fertilisers in Gujarat till May 13. Ahead of the Kharif sowing season, the alleged fertiliser scandal has put State-run manufacturers, Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GNFC) and Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GSFC) in a tight spot.

Over the past few days, the State government is receiving complaints from different parts of the State about the underweight supply of the fertiliser i.e. ‘Sardar DAP’ (Di-Ammonium Phosphate) allegedly by GSFC. The 50-kg bag of the fertiliser was allegedly found to be short of weight by 400 -700 grams.

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An official statement released from the State information department stated that the Chief Secretary J N Singh “has ordered the suspension of sale of fertilisers from the depots of the two companies and has asked the managing directors of both the companies to verify the weight of the fertiliser bags at all their depots and video graph the process. They should begin sale of fertiliser from their depots only after satisfactorily completing the process.”

A detailed probe into the incident has been ordered by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.

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