THE ISSUANCE of fresh ration cards has finally gotten underway with a team of 200 district administration officials and employees being deployed for the task.
Nearly 30,000 of the 86,000 ration cards issued in Indore City were found to be bogus during a scrutiny of the documents after a commissioned survey by the Centre revealed large-scale irregularities in card issuance.
A total of 86,196 cards were allotted in 69 wards of the City. However, a verification of the application forms and on-site inspections revealed that only 55,500 cardholders were actually eligible.
The discrepancies led the State Government to transfer allotment of below poverty line (BPL) and Antyodaya ration cards to the Food Department, which will hand these over to the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) for distribution. Issuance of general category ration cards will, however, continue to vest with the Corporation.
Mayor-in-Council member in charge of Food and Civil Supplies Department Anil Bindal admitted to large-scale irregularities. Bindal informed that 55,000 forms had already been handed over to the district Food Department and, once ready, these would be distributed by the concerned SDM in presence of the local corporator.