BPL cards of 470 ineligible families withdrawn in Uttara Kannada district

Source: DHNS | Published on 9th November 2019, 12:46 PM | Coastal News |

Karwar: As many as 470 families illegally possessing Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards have been identified in Uttara Kannada district and of them, 102 families are of government employees.

All the BPL cards which were identified as illegal have been cancelled but there is a suspicion that there are several other families which have concealed their details. The exercise of identifying ineligible families has been bringing to the fore the tactics that people, especially government officers, adopt to get government facilities despite being financially able. The Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department has taken the issue seriously and is making all efforts to check people from taking undue advantage of the government facility.

“The department is taking action against Government employees who have officially declared themselves as Below Poverty Line. The actual market price of the food and non-food items procured by them from the date of issue of BPL card to the date of its suspension is being recovered from them. In this way, we are compensating the loss caused by cheaters to the State exchequer,” said Deputy Director of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department Puttuswamy.

Presently, no fine is being slapped on ineligible cardholders who are not government employees. Just their ration cards are being cancelled and they have been warned to refrain from such acts. The department is also planning to take action against even those ineligible cardholders who got the cards done six months back and have not got any food/non-food items under PDS. The number of such families will be identified and their cards too would be suspended, he said.

The officer added that the process would soon begin. Those families which have not procured ration from the last six months or more than that will be considered as non-residents of that area and later, their BPL cards will be suspended. 

Puttuswamy, Deputy Director of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department

"Some people are voluntarily handing over their BPL cards if they are not eligible for it. Except for the government employees who possessed illegal cards, no fine has been imposed on other ineligible families.

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