The district administration has blacklisted 3.15 lakh of the total 9 lakh ration cards in the city for not submitting the relevant documents in the recent drive against bogus ration cards. With a public interest litigation (PIL) pending in the High Court,the administration has asked for three more months to give the exact number of bogus ration cards.
Pune Foodgrains distribution officer DB Jawanjal told The Indian Express that the drive was carried out to find the number of valid ration cards. We expected the citizens to get back to the respective fair price shops with documents. Those who have not done so have their names deleted. If they desire to apply,they have to get in touch with the offices again.
He has urged citizens to approach the nearest fair price shops and submit documents. He said they would have to re-apply for ration cards if they failed to do so.
Pune-based Jayprakash Unecha had moved the High Court in 2010,alleging that bogus ration cards were rampant in Pune. However,when it was pointed out that Unecha had a private interest in the case,the court had asked the state government to take over the PIL and appointed lawyer Shubhada Khot as amicus curie in the case.
The administration has also started digitisation of PDS beneficiaries data for the proposed smart card system. Jawanjal,however,said the smart card system was pending approval from the Central government. The district planning committee had recently sanctioned Rs 1.86 crore for computerisation of ration cards.