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NIC ordered to remove duplication name from ration cards

Jamshedpur, Nov. 30: The Government has ordered NIC to remove duplication names on ration cards being distributed under National Food Security Act.

During the meeting today, departmental secretary Vinay Kumar Choubey was asked by Minister Saryu Roy to use software to identify and remove duplication. In addition to adding the new name applications must be accepted.

At the meeting, Minister Saryu Roy said the ration dealers now will give account of rice being delivered.

How much rice is left in October-November, the dealer needs to put it. The minister said that in many places, MO and dealer have received complaints of collusion, the government is taking it seriously. Rations meant for the holders will be kept in PDS for months together.

He said the State Government wants PDS to be opened to all. The GOI is being approached for this Roy asserted. The Food Minister said leakages in deliverance of food and civil supplies are to be checked and steps are on the anvil.

The minister agreed that deliverance needs to be further toned up. The minister discounted that vested interests go on telling that ration cards have not come from State while the fact is that ration cards are to be printed in the district and DC and his offices are to ensure its distribution.

Roy said his department is highly secretarial, as right from granting of licence for public distribution shops to its suspension or cancellations, are done at various levels of district administration. The minister did not deny a strong nexus between marketing officer and the PDS dealers.

About the anomalies in ration cards he said the data base for the new ration cards was prepared from the old ones where existed already a huge large number of ghost ration cards. The flaws of the past just filtered down with the new ones he conceded.

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