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Chhattisgarh News
Congress stages walk out in House over cancellation of ration cards
23-07-2014

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.