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‘Ration card fraud’: HC notice to Centre, Delhi govt

The court also asked the Union ministry to provide information about the situation in other states.

New Delhi |
Updated: July 9, 2015 5:21:57 am

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought responses from the Union government and the Delhi government on a plea that alleged that genuine Aadhaar card numbers were being used to create fake identities to issue illegal ration cards.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice G P Mittal issued notices to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution as well as the Delhi government and sought their replies by August 12. The notices were issued in response to a PIL which has claimed that the use of illegal ration cards has caused loss of thousands of crores to the public exchequer. The court also asked the Union ministry to provide information about the situation in other states.

The petition was filed by one Shyam Sunder, who contended that people whose identities were being used for the creation of illegal ration cards weren’t aware of the fact that ration was being availed illegally at subsidised rates on their behalf. The PIL sought an investigation into the alleged fraud in issuance of rations cards and the illegal transactions allegedly carried out by using them.

The petitioner claimed that he uncovered the alleged scam when he entered his Aadhar number in the ‘Track Food Security Application’ link on the website of Delhi government’s Department of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs. He reportedly found that the number was linked to the ration card of a woman, supposedly his ‘mother’ Premwati. Shyam Sunder claimed that he had never applied for a ration card and his mother’s name was Radha Devi.

“The petitioner found out that the said ration card was used to avail six kgs of rice every month between February, 2015 to April, 2015,” the petition said.

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