BHUBANESWAR: Even as the State Government is under cloud over rampant irregularities in National Food Security Act (NFSA) implementation, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken notice of dumping of ration cards at different places.
Taking up a petition filed in connection with a huge number of ration cards found dumped near railway tracks in Puri district in January, the NHRC has directed the Secretary, Food Supply and Consumer Affairs to submit a report within four weeks.
The petitioner, rights activist Akhand, submitted that 700 ration cards belonging to beneficiaries of Ganjam district were found dumped on the side of railway tracks at Anlajodi under Kanas block on January 12 this year.
“It is suspected that somebody who came by train from Ganjam had dumped the cards fearing punitive action by the Government. The dumped ration cards belong to Sanakodanda, Majhigada, Bada Kondada, Gurnaribada, Chitapalli and Sana Padara panchayat of Bhanjanagar block. All the cards were apparently received by the beneficiaries and laminated,” he said.
The petitioner prayed before the commission for a probe into the incident and legal action against culprits or erring officials involved in the matter.