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MLA’s name removed from BPL list: J&K govt tells Assembly

The ration card that identifies Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rasheed as a BPL beneficiary has been "canceled"

The ration card that identifies Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rasheed as a BPL beneficiary has been “canceled” but no action has been taken against anyone in connection with the matter, the Jammu and Kashmir government informed the Legislative Assembly Friday.

“There is no ration card in the name of Engineer Abdul Rasheed as was informed by him on Thursday. However, his father is a BPL ration card holder which states that Rasheed is a family member.”

“Subsequently, the name of the ration card holder has been excluded from the BPL list,” State Revenue Minister Basharat Bukhari told the assembly.

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“He (Rasheed) is not the head of the family. So there is no ration card in his name,” Bukhari said.

Rasheed, the Langate MLA, had Thursday informed the House that his name figured in the list of BPL beneficiaries. To this, Bukhari had said action will be taken against the Tehsildar of Langate area if his claim was found to be true.

National Conference MLA Mohammad Akbar Lone Friday said either the Revenue Minister or Rasheed was lying. “A breach of privilege motion should be moved against the one who is found lying,” he said.

The minister, however, said the Tehsildar, the Block Development Officer and the Tehsil Supply Officer of Khour Block have been suspended for including the name of local MLA Krishan Bhagat in the BPL list and an inquiry has been initiated by the Deputy Commissioner concerned.

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Bukhari said the inquiry report will be brought to the notice of the House in a week’s time.

First published on: 10-06-2016 at 20:14 IST
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