The Ministry of Commerce and Industry intends to send four cooperative societies to the Public Prosecutions after crackdowns revealed that subsidized foods were sold there illegally, according to sources.
The ministry had earlier sent 14 co-ops to the public prosecution when an inventory revealed a shortage in subsidized items that were distributed under the Amiri grant during 2011 and 2012.
The sources did not give a total value for the shortage found in the four branches, but said that the percentages vary from one co-op to another. They said that while the inspection was going on, a vehicle was being loaded with subsidized items. It was later discovered that the restaurant belonged to owner “who agreed with the branch’s official to buy them for prices higher than the subsidized ones at a satisfactory percentage for both sides,” the sources said. The majority of items include rice, sugar and oil, the sources said.