Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Department has in a major goof-up excluded several thousand poor and downtrodden people living in R.S.Pura area of Jammu city from being giving benefits under National Food Security Act (NFSA).
According to locals, large number of irregularities are there in the lists prepared by concerned departments. The lists have been prepared in such a way that poor and below poverty families have been thrown out, thus depriving them of even the subsidized ration which they were getting earlier.
More than 15700 families in only R.S.Pura tehsil have been thrown out of the eligible list. Their ration cards have a clear mark of exclusion. In another instant, 114 such cases with annual income of Rs 3000 per month are of Ban Sultan and Miran Sahib. When these 114 families of Ban Sultan approached the concerned Tehsil Supply Officer (TSO) they were told that as per the survey record and norms, they are ineligible for the ration quota and hence, their names have been struck off from the eligible families list.
The height of irregularities can be best gauged from the fact that even a MGNREGA worker namely Krishan Lal with ration card no. 0428961 of Ban Sultan whose annual income is Rs 3000 per month and was earlier in APL lists despite deserving BPL quota has been now declared as ineligible for getting subsidized government ration.
Tehsil Supply Officer (TSO) R.S.Pura Ashwani Sharma on being asked admitted that about 16000 families have been marked ‘ex’ in the R. S Pura tehsil. He clarified that it has been done by Revenue Department since they had doubts over income mentioned by these families in ration cards. Locals are peeved and are saying that they are unable to understand whom to blame for theses irregularities.
They are saying that poor and needy masses have been forced to live on god’s mercy and intensify their struggle even at the cost of their health now just to meet both end of the day due to the discontinuation of the subsidized government ration for which they are moving from pillar to post.
Many of the concerned officers are even blaming the survey teams who have conducted the census for providing bogus information, but nobody is ready to take a step for the help and assistance of those who were eagerly waiting. Director Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) G.S.Chib could not be contacted for comments.