Nearly 51 lakh bogus ration cards deleted

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 19:06

New Delhi: Nearly 51 lakh bogus ration cards
were deleted from the list of beneficiaries of subsidised
foodgrains by state governments during 2008 and 2009,
Parliament was informed on Tuesday.

While the number of ration cards deleted in 2008 was
35.74 lakh, another 15.21 lakh were cancelled in the next
So far, in the current year, 12,000 fake ration cards
have been deleted from the list, Minister of State for
Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution K V Thomas said
in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

"Instructions have also been issued to all states and
Union Territories to carry out an intensive campaign to
eliminate ineligible/bogus ration cards and to take action as
per law against the person found in possession of bogus/fake
ration cards," Thomas added.

Of the total number of cards deleted, over 31.5 lakh
are from West Bengal. Gujarat comes a distant second, with
8.28 lakh bogus cards removed from the list in the past two

The Targeted Public Distribution System, under which
subsidised foodgrains are distributed, is jointly operated by
the central and state governments.

However, the operational responsibilities for allocation
of foodgrains within the states, identification of eligible
Below Poverty Line families and issuance of ration cards rest
with the state governments.
"There have been reports of inclusion as well as
exclusion errors in issuance of ration cards under the TPDS,"
Thomas admitted.


First Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 19:06

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