Bhubaneswar, July 22 (IANS) Alleging unethical practices within the implementation of the PMGKAY scheme in Odisha, a delegation of BJP MPs from the state, together with two Union ministers, met Union Meals and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday and demanded a probe into the matter.
The six BJP MPs, together with Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Ashwini Vaishnaw, met Goyal simply two days after a delegation of BJD MPs met the identical minister in New Delhi over points associated to paddy procurement.
“We, the elected representatives of the folks of Odisha, are writing to you with regard to the irregularities, discrepancies and unethical practices within the implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) in Odisha, depriving the needy and eligible beneficiaries within the state from accruing the advantages underneath this Centrally sponsored scheme,” the BJP parliamentarians mentioned of their memorandum submitted to Goyal.
As per the memorandum, about 12.94 lakh MT of foodgrains had been allotted to Odisha for distribution freed from price to greater than 92.77 lakh NFSA card holders and three.24 crore beneficiaries for the interval April-November, 2020. Nonetheless, solely 12.5 LMT was lifted.
Along with the foodgrains, about 27,853.89 MT of pulses/entire chana had additionally been allotted to the state through the interval, they mentioned.
Equally, about 11.35 lakh MT foodgrains have been allotted to Odisha for the interval Could-November 2021 underneath the PMGKAY. Nonetheless, the state has lifted 6.22 LMT.
“It’s regarding to notice that lifting of foodgrains underneath PMGKAY and NFSA is under 10 per cent within the districts of Kendrapada, Keonjhar, Khordha, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Jharsuguda, Jagatsinghpur, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Bargarh, Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Ganjam and Sundargarh,” the MPs mentioned.
Equally, the distribution of foodgrains within the months of Could and June has additionally been very low in comparison with the allotted quantity, they talked about.
The discrepancies between the allocation completed by the Centre and the distribution of foodgrains made by the Odisha authorities underneath PMGKAY and NFSA reveals the presence of ghost beneficiaries within the listing of NFSA ration card holders, the MPs additional alleged.
Violating the Central tips, the state authorities has resorted to mis-branding the scheme by selling photographs of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, as an alternative of the main points of free ration objects and the out there advantages, they mentioned.
The MPs from Odisha urged Goyal to conduct an enquiry into the matter and direct the state authorities to take vital actions to rectify the anomalies within the implementation of PMGKAY in Odisha.