BHUBANESWAR: Alleging circulation of round 5 lakh ghost ration playing cards in Odisha, the BJP on Wednesday focused the State authorities by stating that the beneficiaries are individuals near the ruling BJD.
Accusing the State authorities of selling corruption, State BJP secretary Tankadhar Tripathy stated as per official information there are 96,76,934 ration card holders within the State.
The free ration distributed beneath the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was lifted by 87,39,494 beneficiaries in Might. This reveals that 5,43,699 card holders haven’t lifted their free meals grains.
Curiously, 88,76,162 individuals have lifted their subsidised ration (at Rs 1/kg rice) beneath the Nationwide Meals Safety Act (NFSA) within the month of Might. As many as 4,07,031 card holders didn’t purchase their ration.
In June 2021 the whole variety of card holders lifting the free ration was 88,23, 034 leaving a spot of 4,54,451.
Apparently, extra quantity (88,72,827) of card holders bought their subsidised ration in the identical month. The One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) scheme permits eligible beneficiaries to avail meals grains that they’re entitled to beneath the Nationwide Meals Safety Act (NFSA) from any honest value store (FPS) throughout the nation.
“If greater than 5 lakh card holders will not be lifting free ration beneath (PMGKAY), we suspect that these playing cards are distributed to individuals who don’t exist. The dearth of concern of the State authorities to seek out out why such numerous beneficiaries will not be taking the advantage of the welfare scheme throughout Covid-19 pandemic lockdown is intriguing,” Tripathy advised mediapersons.
He stated that the Centre had launched Rs 955.16 crore for distribution of free ration to individuals lined beneath NFSA within the first wave of the pandemic. The utilisation certificates submitted by the district civil provides officers to the State authorities to date involves about Rs 934 crore. The Rs 21 crore which remained unspent was meant for round 2 lakh NFSA beneficiaries.
“Authorities claimed that greater than 10 lakh migrant labourers returned to the State and a majority of them have been lined beneath the free ration scheme. There’s extra to those discrepancies within the variety of ration playing cards in circulation and the lifting of free meals grains than meets the attention, the BJP chief alleged.