Srinagar, July 06: At least 30 families who were enrolled under below poverty line (BPL) or priority household (PHH) category and were entitled to get ration on subsidized rates in Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district have been getting ration on exorbitant rates from last more than 4 years.
According to documents available with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) at least 30 families have been getting ration on exorbitant rates as they were given fake ration cards under APL category by the department of FCS&CA.
As per the information available on FCS&CA web portal, these families were registered under BPL/PHH category, however, they have been getting ration as per APL rates from last more than 4 years.
Chairman RTI movement, Raja Muzaffar told KNO that in many villages of Budgam and some other districts of the valley the officials of FCS&CA have been selling ration to BPL ration card holders on exorbitant rates for last 4 to 5 years without informing the poor consumers that they were registered under BPL/PHH category as per online information available on FCS&CA portal.
He claimed that they have exposed a ration card scam which proves that fake above poverty line (APL) ration cards were provided to below poverty Line (BPL) consumers.
“Our team of activists lead by Mushtaq Ahmad Lone collected a lot of information which later proved that almost 30 families in Loolipora village of Chadoora who were entitled to get subsidized rice under BPL/PHH quota as their names were uploaded on the government food portal under BPL and PHH category, but unfortunately the officials of FCS&CA, especially store keepers along with some other tehsil and district level officials have provided these poor people fake ration cards with APL marking,” he said.
He said that when they posted the video about this scam on social media, they started getting calls from different areas including Baramulla.
“A few days ago we went to Tarzoo Sopore from where the complaint was received. When we reached there we found almost 60 families there who were entitled to get subsidized rice under BPL/PHH quota as their names were uploaded on the government food portal under BPL and PHH category, but they have provided these poor people fake ration cards with APL marking.”
He alleged that from the last 4 years each BPL person in these villages has paid Rs 40,000 to Rs 45,000 extra which means in only single village officials of FCS&CA have embezzled Rs 12 to 13 lakh.
“Imagine how much this would be in 5000 villages of J&K where people have similar complaints,” questions Muzaffar.
He said that RTI movement Jammu and Kashmir has demanded a high level probe into the issue and they are also planning to seek judicial intervention in this case by filing a PIL in Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
When contacted, Bashir Ahmad Khan, Director FCS&CA, Kashmir told KNO that they have formally constituted a committee for Chadoora case and they have collected all the records which have been sent to the government for further investigation.
He assured that action will be taken against those who will be found involved in this.