9% blue-card holders fake: district admn official

  • Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Mar 22, 2015 11:31 IST

Around 9 per cent blue cards issued to beneficiaries in the district are found fake during the re-verification process conducted by district administration officials.

An official, on condition of anonymity, said, “There are 3.6 lakh blue cards issued in the district and the re-verification of 2.6 lakh cards is complete in which 9 per cent of the cards are fake. The re-verification of 1 lakh cards is still left and the officials are speeding up to complete the process.”

Meanwhile, the food and supply department has uploaded the information of 2.15 lakh blue card holders online till Saturday.

Loopholes found

The verification staff who had visited door-to-door found that a large number of well-to-do people were found availing the subsidised ‘Atta Dal’ scheme. Many of them were found having income more than `60,000, air-conditioners installed at their houses, having four-wheelers and properties in someone else’s names.

The survey was conducted by the district administration in January 2013 in which these beneficiaries were identified and have been getting subsidy since last two years.

Talking to Hindustan Times, the district food and supply controller (DFSC), Sona Thind, said, “To bring transparency in the system we are taking unique identification number (UID) of every number of the family. Further to prevent leakages this system will be effective. We are uploading the new lists of eligible beneficiaries of blue cards on the portal every day.”


Under the scheme, each member gets 5kg wheat and rice per month

The scheme was started for such families that have annual income less than `60,000 and land less than 2.5 acres
All 100-yard plot holders in the urban areas are also eligible for the blue cards and can avail the benefit of the ‘Atta Dal’ scheme

Pensioners receiving annual pension less than `60,000 and families that are not paying any tax to the government are also eligible

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