Alappuzha: The State Civil Supplies Department initiated inquiry on priority ration card holders for not purchasing ration regularly. It is reported that 7000 families will face inquiry as the department suspects whether they are eligible to be listed in priority list.
Hence, the department will examine their eligibility, reason for non-purchase and financial background. If they are found ineligible to be categorised in priority list, they will be removed from the list.
At the same time among the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) card holders in priority list, some families also do not purchase the ration. Presently, AAY card holders receive free ration and priority card holders get foodgrains at Rs 2.
Civil Supplies Department has forwarded a list of the card holders to the taluk supply officers. Card holders who have not purchased ration for more than three months have been found in the list . Assisted by ration shop dealers, officials started to visit the residence of the cardholders as part of the inquiry. It is reported that the inquiry which is in progress will be completed within a month.
In Kerala, 85,54,695 families hold ration cards. Among them, 1.54 crore people from 36,63,985 families are included in the priority list. Though many people applied to get listed in priority list, many applications were rejected as the central government has limited the number of beneficiaries in priority list.
Minister for food and civil supplies P Thilothaman stated that people who are not purchasing ration will be removed from priority list after a detailed inquiry.
“The department will ensure that non-eligible families are removed from the priority list. Eligible people will be included in the priority list accordingly,” said the minister.