Business Standard

A structural problem? FCI corruption case offers food for thought

Evidence of corruption unearthed at the government's key foodgrain procurement agency raises questions about whether the problem is systemic or a failure of governance


Sanjeeb Mukherjee
A few weeks ago, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a massive crackdown on the Food Corporation of India (FCI) conducted searches at around 99 locations across the country and recovered cash amounting to Rs 1.03 crore and fixed deposit receipts of around Rs 3 crore along with property documents in an operation called “Kanak”.

‘Kanak’ is also the local name for wheat in some parts of north India where the bulk of the searches and raids were concentrated and is one of the key commodities — the other being rice — in which the state’s food procurement and

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: Jan 27 2023 | 11:13 PM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on are available only to BS Premium subscribers.

Register to