Uttar Pradesh Food Grain Scam
Uttar Pradesh Food Grain Scam

Uttar Pradesh food grain scam took place between years 2002 and 2010, in Uttar Pradesh state in India, wherein food grain worth 35,000 crore (US$7.81 billion), meant to be distributed amongst the poor, through Public Distribution System (PDS). Some of it was traced to Nepal and Bangladesh border, as in 2010 security forces seized Rs 1.17 crore worth of foodgrains like paddy and pulses being smuggled to Nepal, another Rs 60.62 lakh worth of grains were confiscated on the Indo-Bangladesh border. The Enforcement Directorate has decided to probe money laundering charges and foreign exchange violations in the multi-crore Uttar Pradesh foodgrain scam.

The scam first came into light in 2003, during the Chief Minister ship of Mulayam Singh, in Gonda district in the distribution of food grain meant for the Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana and soon complaints started pouring in from other districts as well. After initially ordering an inquiry into the scam Mulayam Singh withdrew it. The Special Investigation Team set up by the Mulayam Singh government in 2006, lodged over 5,000 FIRs. Subsequently the next UP chief minister Mayawati upon assuming office, ordered a CBI probe into the scam on December 1, 2007. Media dubbed it, "mother of all scams", and TV news channel, Times Now reported the scam which started in 2002, under the reign of following Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, estimated to be at over 200,000 crore (US$44.6 billion). Uttar Pradesh as with other states and UTs, is allocated a monthly quantity of foodgrains, i.e. rice and wheat, by the Central government for distribution amongst AAY, BPL and APL families, under TPDS managed by the state government. For the period from Apri1 2010 to March 2011, this quantity for the state was 528395 tons.

The latest of the scam series in India, initially referred as the 'UP rice scam' could be the biggest of them all, even outdistancing the so called 2G Spectrum scam. The scam involves goofing up of rice worth 200,000 crore (US$44.6 billion). It was a scam that stretched to almost 7 years and 300 FIRs. The scam was reported in UP (Uttar Pradesh, India) between the years 2003-2007, the period when Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav was the chief minister of the UP.