Pandemonium in Orissa assembly over ration cards for APL families

Orissa assembly was adjourned briefly for 30 minutes after pandemonium over non-issue of ration cards to families identified as above poverty line (APL) in the Kalahandi -Bolangir-Koraput (KBK) region.

Updated: Apr 05, 2011, 19:30 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Orissa assembly was on Tuesday
adjourned briefly for 30 minutes after pandemonium over
non-issue of ration cards to families identified as above
poverty line (APL) in the Kalahandi -Bolangir-Koraput (KBK)
region.

The issue came up during question hour when Food
Supplies and Consumer Welfare minister S P Nayak was replying
in the house.
When he said that the APL cards in KBK region would be
issued after release of BPL cards, opposition Congress members
rushed to well shouting anti-government slogans.

The minister said the fresh BPL survey could not be
made due to lack of guidelines from the Centre. Ruling party
MLAs also made the same allegation.
As the din continued Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat
adjourned the house for 30 minutes.
Though about 10 lakh APL families in the eight
districts of KBK region were not provided ration cards so
far, cheap rice at the rate of Rs 2 was allotted in their
names fradulently, opposition members alleged.

The state government in its February 2 order had
issued direction to the district collectors of Koraput,
Kalahandi, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Nuapada,
Bolangir and Sonepur to exclude privileged APL families from
the benefits of cheap rice.

The families paying income tax, government servants,
employees of the PSUs, cooperative institutions, banking and
financial institutions, government aided schools, colleges and
institutions, four wheeler owners and pension holders getting
monthly pension of Rs,5000 and above, were categorised as the
privileged APL families.

PTI