Vigilance detect widespread irregularities in ration shops
Thiruvananthapuram: An inspection under Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau has uncovered irregularities in ration shops across the state. Vigilance officials have found malpractices in maintaining the stock of products like kerosene, atta, rice and wheat in the ration shops.
The officials have found that a ration shop dealer in Changanassery has sold out 47 kg raw rice and 34.5 kg rice at a high price. The officials have recovered 94 kg rice stored in the upper storey of the ration shop. Such malpractices were reported from Number 73 ration shop at Changanassery in Kurichy taluk.
Many ration shop dealers have maintained a fake register by adding the details of people who had not made a purchase from here. According to vigilance officials, the dealers have illegally stored the stock without distributing to customers in order to sell it in black market for a high price.
Vigilance officials have seized commodities which were hoarded with an intention to sell them in the black market.
The officials found that some ration shops are not displaying the price and quantity of the commodities. Some ration shops are not functioning in the building for which they possess license.
It has also been found that there was no seal on the weighing scales in some ration shops.
According to the officials, ration cards of certain people showed that the dealers have illegally distributed large quantity of commodities to them instead of the prescribed quantity.
The vigilance officials have also detected that some shop dealers are not distributing enough quantity of products to the beneficiaries. Many ration shop dealers violate the norms and guidelines of the government and fail to distribute the food commodities to the deserved.