Bhubaneswar: As scandalous as it might sound, the State has over two lakh ghost beneficiaries beneath the Public Distribution System (PDS), in keeping with an RTI question. What’s extra surprising is that not a single individual has been recognized as but.
After the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, CM Naveen Patnaik beneath the Meals Safety scheme doled out three months advance PDS ration to the beneficiaries. This aside, it was introduced that every one the 94 lakh-odd PDS beneficiaries will get a money incentive of Rs 1000 every, for which Rs 940 crore (whole estimation is round Rs 955.16 cr) was spent, sources stated.
Quickly, the required funds had been allotted to every of the districts. Nevertheless, a refund of Rs 20.56 crore to the state exchequer has introduced out within the open presence of greater than two lakh ghost beneficiaries throughout districts.
Whereas Balasore district alone refunded Rs 90 lakh, Nabarangpur district had greater than Rs 56 lakh stability after distribution. Even Bhubaneswar Municipal Company has returned Rs 96 lakh to the district workplace, revealed official experiences.
District provide officer of Nabarangpur, Sanjeev Kumar Sahu stated, “The BDOs have submitted UCs (utilisation certificates) of distribution of all blocks and returned the stability quantity. Round Rs 56,36,500 has been returned as a result of the BDOs submitted a report that the beneficiaries are usually not obtainable.”
Pradyumna Kumar Routray, District provide officer of Balasore, stated, “After distribution of the money to each beneficiary, the remaining quantity was returned to the federal government by means of the BDOs.”
The unutilised financial help is anyhow again to the exchequer however the main concern now that has raised many eyebrows is the existence of the ineligible PDS beneficiaries who’re nonetheless availing rice, wheat, dal and different meals grains.
Questions are additionally being raised whether or not the PDS sellers are lifting all of the equipped inventory within the title of those ghost ration card beneficiaries.
Social activist Pradeep Pradhan stated, “Crores of rupees are being siphoned off within the title of faux beneficiaries of rice. The latest information revealed that the money meant for two lakh beneficiaries have been returned to the federal government as they weren’t obtainable. If we take this under consideration, about Rs 200 crore is being swindled within the NFSA rice distribution system.”
However, the State Civil Provides Company has stated that no criticism has to this point been acquired with regard to any beneficiary unnoticed of Covid help.
Hrudananda Kar, CGM (Finance) of State Provide Company, stated, “We now have to look at it (RTI report on the presence of ghost beneficiaries). As a result of the authorities within the district-level distributed to all of the beneficiaries they got here throughout. We now have not acquired any criticism relating to any beneficiary being unnoticed.”
Even because the presence of faux beneficiaries is out within the open, the ineligible individuals availing PDS advantages are nonetheless to be traced.