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Fake ration cards in circulation

Rajeev Bhaska, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, January 07, 2013
First Published: 19:45 IST(7/1/2013) | Last Updated: 20:26 IST(7/1/2013)

District food & civil supplies controller (DFCSC) Talwinder Singh Chopra has ordered a probe into the circulation of fake ration cards in the area. The trigger for action came after a Preet Nagar resident was issued a fake card, which was dishonored at the local shop. The resident, Vasdev, claimed that BJP councillor from ward number 4 Prabhakar had handed over the card to him, last time.

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When contacted and shown a copy of the card, the DFCSC confirmed that it was a fake document and was issued merely on a photocopy of the blank original ration card.

"It is a fake ration card, with forged signatures and stamp of the issuing authority. I will definitely probe into the matter and unearth the reason that how such fake cards are prepared," Chopra told HT.

The ration card in question does not have any registration number and the number of pages in the card is also less than an original card, Chopra said.

He added that card holder will be approached to inquire how he got this ration card.

Food inspector Jatinder Kumar whose signatures appear on the form claimed that these were 'forged and fake'.

When approached by HT, card-holder Vasdev said that he had approached former local councilor Rimpy Prabhakar to get a ration card last year.

He added that the now sitting councillor Bhagwant Prabhakar had recently called him to collect his card.

"After the card was dishonoured, I approached the councillor he was also surprised," Vasdev said.

When contacted, councilor Prabhakar admitted that he had handed over the ration card to Vasdev. He claimed that the stamp on the card was genuine, but expressed his inability to state that what had gone wrong.

"We routinely organise camps to facilitate our electorate and accept ration card applications and send it to the officer concerned," Prabhakar said, while passing the buck to the food & civil supply office.

He claimed that he had received more complaints about the circulation of fake ration cards and had informed the food inspector of the area.

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