March 21:With a galore of discrepancies, the database of much hyped National Food Security Act in Jammu and Kashmir compiled by Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department (CAPD) has turned into a laughing stock, whereby people mock the seriousness of the concerned department.
In yet new discrepancy, which has become viral on social networking sites, one of the CAPD forms shows how a ration card holder sarcastically has mentioned the names of his sons as “Kurkure, Lays, and Punjabi Tadka”.
“The Ration Card Report of Handwara based Ali Mohammad, wherein his family detail has been recorded as Mareema (wife) and three sons namely, Kurkure (10), Lays (8) and Punjabi Tadka (6),” image shows.
The image apparently certified by the concerned department, has been issued on the name of Ali Mohammad, a resident of Willigam, Handwara in Kupwara district with ration card number 0100100002800002-00005074.
The CAPD Department’s database is completely erroneous while one fails to understand how CAPD authorities have marked these erroneous forms with its official stamps.
This is not the first instance that a ration card holder has made a fun of this department. Earlier as well, a ration card holder filled up CAPD form in Bollywood style. Fail to understand why the government is hell-bent to implement this anti-people law in the state.
According to media reports, the CAPD department’s database has allegedly pasted picture of a Sikh man against the name of a Muslim man. In another case, the erroneous CAPD database has managed to get a man married to another man, who happens to be his son.
The most common complaint across the state is that wrong names have been included in the database while the genuine ones have been excluded, causing anxiety among the people.
“Only one of my three sons’ name figures in the list of family members against my name. The CAPD department has added five persons, totally unknown to us, in our family,” said an aggrieved consumer. Senior officer of CAPD department, wishing anonymity admitted that there were mistakes and discrepancies in survey carried out by the department in 2012.
“There are mistakes and we have set off the process of getting these rectified,” officer said.
He further added that fresh verification forms have been issued to the consumers so that they can make corrections to their details.
“We are in the process of creating a database which will reduce the hassles faced by the consumers in visiting the offices. Once completed, most of the consumer interface with the department will be on line,” he said. He also said the department has also asked the consumers to submit their bank account details along with Aadhaar card details so that these can be linked to CAPD database.
“At the moment, Aadhaar card is not compulsory. However, those consumers who have the card should submit their details along with the verification form,” he added. However, the consumers are up in arms against the re verification.
Meanwhile, the dealers associated with concerned department also remained in criticism for selling ‘free of cost’ forms at Rs 2 to Rs 10 in several areas of the Jammu region.