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OPS wants Chief Minister to cancel PDS tenders given to erring firms

- October 2, 2022

Chennai, Oct 2 (BPNS)

AIADMK deposed leader and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O. Paneerselvam has called upon the Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin to cancel the controversial PDS tenders awarded to three firms that had supplied poor quality products in the Pongal hamper kits in 2021.

The three companies were earlier penalized for allegedly supplying substandard groceries, jaggery, and salt in the gift hampers. He called upon open and transparent actions for supplying commodities of quality for the people of the state.

The former Chief Minister said that these three firms be included on the blacklist for supplying substandard and poor-quality products to the people of the state.

OPS also cited a press release issued by the government of Tamil Nadu which had mentioned the Chief Minister ordering for including these three firms on the blacklist.  He also said that to date no action was taken against the erring firms.

He also said that Chief Minister Stalin had before the elections stated that stringent action would be taken against any corrupt practices but has not done anything against corruption.

The former Chief Minister said that the companies that were penalized for supplying substandard products in the Pongal gift hampers were awarded tenders for supplying palmolein and cereals.

In a related development, the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazagam (AMMK) announced protests on October 12th against irregular practices in the state. The AMMK state general secretary, TTV Dhinakaran in a statement on Sunday said that he would lead the protests at Chennai while other leaders would lead the marches at their respective district headquarters.