New Delhi: As part of an on-going campaign
against bogus ration cards, the government has deleted names
of 97,628 ineligible beneficiaries till June in the current
year, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.
The government had deleted 30,55,134 bogus ration cards
in 2010, while 16,30,837 and 37,80,229 ineligible ration cards
were deleted in 2009 and 2008, respectively, Food Minister KV
Thomas said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
The minister said that several steps have been taken to
streamline the functioning of the Targeted Public
Distribution System (TPDS) in consultation with the state and
Union Territory (UT) governments.
The nine-point action plan evolved in this regard in 2006
includes continuous review of the Below Poverty Line (BPL) and
Antyodaya Anna Yojna (AAY) lists and aims to eliminate bogus
ration cards, Thomas said.
The Supreme Court had recently directed the government to
launch a vigorous campaign against bogus ration card holders,
following which the Food and Consumer Affairs department went
overdrive on the issue.
Instructions have also been issued to state and UT
governments to review the existing of BPL and AAY families and
the rations cards issued to them by checking and verifying the
details of each of these families, the minister added.
To warn bogus rations card holders, state and UT
governments have been asked to issue warnings through
advertisements in newspapers, the minister said.
Thomas said that as per the evaluation studies conducted
on the functioning of the TPDS by the Food Ministry, certain
shortcomings like inclusion/exclusion errors,
leakages/diversion of foodgrains, etc have been identified.