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Rai plans to probe ration card irregularities by central agencies


Jamshedpur, Jan. 29: Since the implementation of the Food Security Act there have been complaints all around.

Distributing less food grains among beneficiaries, providing food grains for a month and registering it for 2-3 months and making it signed by the beneficiaries, dealers keeping beneficiaries ration cards with themselves to name a few are some of the complaints received.

Taking these issues on a priority basis, the state government is considering investigating the matter through central agencies. State food and civil supplies minister Saryu Rai is planning to write to the Government of Indian regarding the muddle and a decision in this regard would be taken after February 2.

Rai seems to be serious with the complaints he is received from all over the state. During the house warming function of MLA Sadhu Mahato at Chandil on Friday, Rai met several people and was informed about the irregularities from the dealers� end.

A local had brought the ration card and showed the minister that dealer had provided food grains for the month of January only and had made the beneficiary sign for receiving food grains in the November and December also. Several people from Chaibasa, Chatra, Palamu and Garwa district called up the minister to register complaints regarding ration.

According to Rai, the strictness in the higher level is not been seen at the ground level. He said that applications for new cards will be accepted till January 31 and a review meeting with departmental officials has been scheduled on February 2. Following this serious action will be taken against people involved in irregularities.

Monitoring and investigation through central agencies is also recommended. He further informed that this scheme is of Indian government and food security act is a law where central government provided food grains and it�s the responsibility of state government, department and officials of adherence.

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