Saturday, April 11, 2015

HC asks to curb graft in issuing bar-coded ration cards

The HC has directed concerned authorities including the Rajkot district collector to redress grievances of poor people in obtaining bar coded ration cards and to ensure supply of food grains to the poor through the public distribution system. The HC asked the authorities to act in three months' time in response to a PIL filed by one Pravin Lakhani through advocate Subramaniam Iyer and complained that the process of obtaining bar-coded ration cards is so lengthy and cumbersome that the poor people fall prey to the tactics of touts and end up paying bribe without getting their problems solved.

The PIL demanded action against the touts who pose themselves as deputy mamlatdar and indulge themselves in rampant corrupt practice. The HC has also permitted the petitioner to file a criminal complaint before the Anti-Corruption Bureau or before the concerned police station with necessary proof.

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