7.77 lakh fake ration cards uncovered in Bihar, govt orders probe

The distribution of fake cards could have meant that Bihar govt could have incurred Rs 3.23 cr monthly loss.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: August 29, 2014 7:15 pm
shyam “East Champaran alone had over one lakh fake cards, followed by 92,478 in Samastipur, 50,575 in Madhubani and 59,472 in Muzaffarpur,” said Minister Shyam Rajak.

The Food and Consumer Protection department of Bihar government has detected 7.77 lakh fake ration cards, distribution of which could have incurred Rs 3.23 cr monthly loss to state government.

The Food and Consumer Protection department suspected these cards being fake after there had been no takers for these cards for months. The fake cards were detected during internal review and inspection of the department.

All district magistrates have been asked to cancel these cards and find out how these cards were made in the first place. It is suspected that local PDS dealers may have been involved in it, with the intention of selling PDS grains and kerosene oil at market rate by availing them with fake cards.

Food and Consumer Protection Minister Shyam Rajak said “east Champaran alone had over one lakh fake cards, followed by 92,478 in Samastipur, 50,575 in Madhubani and 59,472 in Muzaffarpur”. He said the department had taken serious note of it and there would be further scrutiny to identify people behind it.

The distribution of fake cards could have meant that 20 lakh litre kerosene oil and 55,550 quintal wheat and rice could have reached black market every month, said the minister.

The state has 1.35 cr ration card holders. New ration cards were made after Food Security Act came into effect.

Meanwhile, Union minister Ramvilas Paswan and Bihar minister Shyam Rajak traded charges against each other for untimely availability of food grains. While Paswan said the state government had not been lifting grains in time, Rajak said FCI godowns had not been availing grains to them. The Centre-state relationship has only gone bitter with CM Jeetan Ram Manjhi skipping Patna launch of Jan Dhan yojana by Paswan on Thursday.

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    Anil
    Aug 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm
    Nitish's government! For this he and his new freinds have been suitably rewarded by the people recently.
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      Nampurath Krishna
      Aug 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm
      This may be just the tip of the iceberg, now even if it is found just media publicity, on ground no remedial measures are going to be taken. An independent survey could unearth more than the figure found now!! After all it is Bihar isn't?
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        Neptune
        Aug 30, 2014 at 3:35 am
        Will not be surprised if other states too have this disease.
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          Arun Kumar
          Aug 30, 2014 at 6:04 am
          Wherever the Poverty rate will be very high like in Bihar and in Bengal, The corruption will be high.
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            OpinionatedOrator
            Aug 29, 2014 at 6:13 pm
            The situation is not much different in other states. PDS leakages are common in every state in India
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              OpinionatedOrator
              Aug 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm
              This is why I vehemently supported Aadhar project. Irrespective of all the horrible things done by UPA, I sincerely appreciate them for the Aadhar Project. No amount of anti-corruption agencies can stop this loot. We need scalable solutions based on Technology to counter the leakages in the PDS. Shame that opposition parties didn't let UPA reap the full benefits of Aadhar by unnecessarily bringing the citizenship issues into Aadhar Cards
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                OpinionatedOrator
                Aug 30, 2014 at 10:57 am
                You don't even REMOTELY know how Aadhar cards work. You are simply quoting what BJP did to oppose the Aadhar Card. Your comment shows how ignorant you are in understanding this GREAT project. Aadhar is only PROOF OF RESIDENCE in India, not a PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP. So, ANY ONE residing in India, be it be a American, Brit, stani, Bangladeshi etc, can get a Aadhar Card. It doesn't mean that they are recognized as citizens of India. Aadhar is only for Identification (Name, finger prints etc), not for Attribution (citizenship, govt benefits etc)
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                  Ajith Kumar
                  Aug 30, 2014 at 6:48 am
                  NOTHING less than a SC monitored investigation will bring out the real picture andthe details of people involved
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                    Nesfield Sangma
                    Aug 30, 2014 at 5:56 am
                    There must be crores of fake ration card in the country. And that is why there are lots of fat PDS officials strutting around.
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                      kris kumar
                      Aug 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm
                      Any body can have Aadhar card just by paying those corrupt administrator sitting down processing the paper work. In Delhi lakhs of Bengladeshi have been issued the card. It had a good designed but it is not fool proof. The rogue Indian will find the way to loot the nation.
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                        kris kumar
                        Aug 29, 2014 at 5:23 pm
                        Let us find out how many lakhs fake ration cards in Mamate run Bengal. She keep complaining about debt and demanding help from the centre. Need to find out which ministers are behind all these rackets. Lalu could be one of them.
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                          paul
                          Aug 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm
                          WHY BIHAR/UP ONLY? highly poted states,& highest poverty rate/illiteracy rateIn Punjab & Haryana, 50% BOGUS RATION CARDS/ 50% BOGUS YELLOW CARDSBPL' FAMILIES,that too only in the EWS/ SC's the reason state overall debt GONE SO HIGHFinancial Insutions/State Cooperative Banks advanced loans RS 50,000 crores to farmers/small industrialists /down to earth corrupt politicians IAS.IPS/State cadrebureaucrat, DEFAULTERS as of today, Financials insutions likely to WRITE OFF $55,000, NON RECOVERABLE /BAD DEBTSbut STATE TREASURY SUFFERED LOSES ON borrowing/buying electricity at thehighest rates.
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                            Sangeet Jain
                            Aug 30, 2014 at 7:28 am
                            Yeh Lalu- Nitish ka Bihar hai. Yahaan kuchh bhi ho sakta hai.
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                              Swaranjeet Singh
                              Aug 30, 2014 at 12:18 am
                              spot on
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                                Tarkeshwar Singh
                                Aug 30, 2014 at 1:16 am
                                Future of Bihar looks bleak again in light of unholy alliance with RJD. After nearly eight years phenomenon growth under Nitish administration, now decline in growth has set in after Nitish Kumar resigned as the CM. Though bogus ration card scam has gone unnoticed for some time, the gmaster of Jungle Raj is going to bring the corruption to a new level. In coming months, this kind of corruption involving bogus ration card may become norm.
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                                  Citizen
                                  Aug 29, 2014 at 3:01 pm
                                  Probably the situation in many states is the same. This can be prevented by linking to some fool proof ID for all the members of the family. Or abolishing the dual/subsidized pricing of the many items by increasing compeion in the open market along with government run s depots with smart card systems and membership of the depots. Jaihind
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