Move to weed out fake National Food Security Act beneficiaries fails 

One month after end of deadline, there is no headway in surrender of NFSA cards.

Published: 02nd November 2016 05:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd November 2016 05:59 AM   |  A+A-

Sugar1

Image used for representational purpose only.

By Express News Service

ROURKELA: Efforts to weed out fake beneficiaries from the NFSA list seem to have crumbled in Sundargarh district following political intervention even as the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare (FS&CW) Department is under pressure to refund fines collected earlier.

Sources said buckling under pressure from the opposition BJP and Congress, the department in second week of August had suspended police action against ineligible beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), stopped recovery of fines and issued September 30 ultimatum for voluntary surrender of NFSA cards. 

However, one month after the end of the deadline, there is no headway in this regard and unspecified number of fake beneficiaries continues to receive their quota of subsidised rations. Moreover, members of the Rourkela District Congress Committee (RDCC) recently took to the street for immediate refund of fines.

By the end of June, panic had gripped ineligible beneficiaries with the district administration launching crackdown against them. Till first week of August, fine to the tune of `2.51 crore was recovered, about 10,000 NFSA cards cancelled, 253 police complaints filed and at least 21 persons jailed, most of them female family heads. By then, resentment was also at its peak against the department for messing up the scheme with additional introduction of ninth exclusion criteria of three-room ‘pucca’ house from March 16.

After Rourkela BJP MLA Dilip Ray sought the intervention of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on August 4, the Food Supply Department in a hurried decision announced to stop police action, recovery of fine and spare those who own three-room ‘pucca’ house under Indira Awas Yojana, PM Awas Yojana and Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana.

But interestingly none of the three housing schemes was implemented in Rourkela Municipal Corporation limits. Similarly, the Congress on August 11 called Rourkela bandh demanding removal of ninth criteria.


Sundargarh Civil Supplies Officer Abhiram Pradhan said further instruction over the issue is awaited from the State Government and as per the new refund norms, efforts are underway to supply details of ‘disputed’ beneficiaries for refund of fines to their bank accounts. Till now, about 13.98 lakh persons have been covered through 4.07 lakh NFSA cards while the district’s monthly quota of rice and wheat stands at around 7,000 tonnes and 1,200 tonnes respectively.

FS&CW Dept is under pressure to refund fines collected from the beneficiaries earlier

The dept in second week of August had suspended police action against ineligible beneficiaries and stopped recovery of fines

It had issued September 30 ultimatum for voluntary surrender of NFSA cards till first week of August, fine to the tune of C2.51 crore was recovered and 10,000 NFSA cards cancelled.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp