1.78 cr bogus ration cards cancelled in last 4 yrs
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 17:49
New Delhi: As many as 1.78 crore bogus ration cards were cancelled in last four years across the country to ensure supply of subsidised foodgrains to the genuine beneficiaries, a government official has said.

"Twenty five states and union territories have reported deletion of 1.78 crore bogus or ineligible ration cards by September this year," the official said.

West Bengal topped the list of bogus cardholders at 60 lakh, followed by Maharashtra at 30 lakh, Madhya Pradesh at 25 lakh and Andhra Pradesh at 10.46 lakh, he said.

Among union territories, Delhi had maximum number of bogus cards at 16.32 lakh, the official added.

The government has taken steps to eliminate duplicate cards as part of the measure to streamline the functioning of Targeted Public Distribution Systems (TPDS) from July 2006, he said.

The official, however, declined to give the details of financial losses suffered by the government due to the issue of foodgrains to these ineligible card holders.

According to official data, there are 6.52 crore people under Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY).

The government supplies 35 kg of subsidised rice and wheat to BPL and AAY families every month.

The BPL cardholders get wheat at Rs 4.15 per kg and rice at Rs 5.65 per kg, while AAY card holders are eligible for wheat at Rs 2 per kg and rice at Rs 3 per kg.

Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had recently said in Parliament that his ministry is aware of the problem of bogus ration cards.

The Centre allocates foodgrains to the state governments for supply through ration shops.

The responsibility to identify the beneficiary and supervise the functioning of ration shops is fixed with the state governments.


First Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 17:49

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