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Rice missing, rotten or replaced by inferior stock, Panadda says

Rice stored at a number of facilities nationwide under the controversial ricepledging scheme was rotten, missing or replaced with inferior rice, PM Office's permanent secretary ML Panadda Diskul said Saturday.

Panadda posted a message on his Facebook page yesterday revealing the initial findings of the government's inspection of rice storage facilities, which began on Thursday.

He said many rice sacks were missing while a number of them had code numbers that did not match documents, suggesting that the original rice may have been peddled to mills and replaced by old inferior rice that would be bought by those mills at a lower price.

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