Congress stages walk out in House over cancellation of ration cards
RAIPUR: Opposition Congress on Tuesday grilled food
minister Punnulal Mohle on the issue of large-scale cancellation and
verification of ration cards. Unsatisfied with the reply of the minister, the
opposition members walked out of the House, saying that the government has not
been taking any action against those who have issued wrong ration cards.
During question hour, several Congress members have
raised question on verification and cancellation of ration cards. Replying to
the question of Lakheshwar Baghel, food minister Mohle said that 3,845 ration
cards have been cancelled in Bastar division, in May 2014. Under the drive,
7,99,139 ration cards were verified there.
To a question of Congress member Amarjeet Bhagat, minister
Mohle said that 1.81 lakh ration cards had been cancelled in the state. The
cancelled ration card holders, if they are eligible, could give application
again. If they are found eligible during verification, ration cards will be
issued to them.
On this, Amarjeet Bhagat said that if anybody had got
ration card by furnishing wrong affidavit, why action has not been taken
against them. The minister said that after the hearing of claims and
objections, action would be taken on the report presented by the officers.
Amarjeet Bhagat alleged that “people of your party
prepared ration cards to impress people during election. State level leaders
are also involved in it. But in verification, ration cards of the poor are
being cancelled.” The minister said that during verification, ration cards of
those people were being cancelled, who were Income Tax payers or employees
above class IV.
Congress member Satyanarayan Sharma sought information
about the ration cards cancelled in Raipur, Durg, Rajnandgaon and Bilaspur
districts. Minister Mohle said that he was not having information of these
districts. Sharma asked whether high-level meeting of officers was held on the
preparation of ration cards. Instructions were issued for preparation ration
cards of all after the meeting? The minister said that it was not an agenda of
meeting hence question does not arise. Sharma said that he wants to submit the
issue to the Question and Reference Committee.
Congress member Amit Jogi said that the chief
minister, in a presentation given to the Planning Commission, had told that the
number of poor families in the state was 30.61 lakh. Then, he asked, how ration
cards of 70 lakh families were prepared.
Independent member Vimal Chopra said that highest
number of 1.25 lakh ration cards have been cancelled in Mahasamund. Buildings
and tenants were also considered as units there. Congress member Brihaspati
Singh said that ration cards of thousands of families of Chhattisgarh have been
cancelled in Balrampur district, whereas, ration cards of 5,000 people of Uttar
Pradesh have been prepared.
Congress members questioned that what action has been
taken against the officers who have prepared wrong ration cards. As answer was
not given by the food minister, Mohle, the Congress members staged a walk out
from the House.