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51 accountants of ‘ration’ co-ops referred for probe

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 12: The accountants of 51 cooperative societies have been referred to the Public Prosecution after the concerned authority discovered discrepancies in the quantities of subsidized foodstuffs during the last inventory conducted by the concerned Ministry, reports Al-Rai daily quoting a reliable source. The source told the daily the suspects were arrested and referred to the Public Prosecution after the customs authorities at the Salmi border point over the past two days thwarted an attempt to smuggle out of the country large quantities of subsidized foodstuffs ranging from rice, powdered milk, bread and oil on board two trucks which were destined to head for more than one Arab country.

Confiscated ration at Salmi border post

The value of the seized subsidized foodstuffs is believed to be tens of thousands of dinars. The daily added, the transport companies have been held legally responsible for the ‘smuggling’ of the subsidized supplies. The daily quoting the ministry sources said it is not permissible to sell or give to others the subsidized foodstuffs. While the customs officers have dealt a severe blow to those who attempt to smuggle Kuwaiti supply materials out of the country, an informed source in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry confirmed efforts are continuing to control the disbursement of supplies and prevent any diversion.

The source emphasized the Ministry has introduced strict of measures to keep under tight control the disbursement of supplies and prevent the holders of ration cards to make illegal profits from the government subsidized foodstuffs indicating these supplies are only disbursed only according to the civil ID.

As a measure to keep in check unhealthy practices, the ministry conducts periodic inventories and if any discrepancy is discovered, the cooperative’s accountant is referred to the Public Prosecution. The ministry lamented that there are some beneficiaries of the subsidized foodstuff who sell their share or give up their right or sell their foodstuffs to expatriates and others.

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