Fake Aadhaar cards used multiple times to withdraw ration
The food and civil supplies officials in Ghaziabad have stumbled upon a ‘scam’ where fake Aadhaar cards were allegedly used to procure ration using the accounts of many families. The regional officials of the department from Meerut said that a detailed inquiry is being carried out in 43 districts of UP.
Officials said that they came across 69 Aadhaar cards which were allegedly used to withdraw ration via 16,598 ration cards in Ghaziabad. One family is allowed to withdraw three kg of wheat and two kg of rice per month per member.
“In July, we came across 69 Aadhaar cards that were used to withdraw ration from accounts of multiple families. One Aadhaar card of a family member should appear only once in a month in their account. However, these cards appeared in 16,598 ration cards,” Sunil Kumar, district supplies officer, said.
It is being estimated that nearly 2,500 quintal of food grains were taken away during the alleged ‘scam.’
“A detailed checking is going on in 43 other districts, including Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar,” Satya Dev, deputy commissioner (food & civil supplies), Meerut, said.
The officials said that they also carried out checks in-person of the Aadhaar card holders and found that their names and addresses were used to prepare fake cards. They said it could be the work of an organised gang.
“A detailed inquiry is being taken up in the districts. We suspect that ration card dealers, private operators and even insiders could be involved in the entire goof up. Our own officials brought the matter to light. We have ordered FIRs in large numbers in different districts and a decision will soon be taken up for investigation by a special investigation team. The CM has also taken cognisance of the matter,” Atul Garg, minister for food and civil supplies, said.
The officials said that they are also going to take up corrective measures once the detailed inquiry is completed.