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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  1. A
    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?
  3. N
    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.
  5. O
    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
  6. O
    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
  7. O
    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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