Rs 1.2 crores recovered as penalty from ineligible BPL card holders, some owned luxurious automobiles

Photo of Gyanendra Kumar Gangwar, IAS, Additional Director (Vigilance and Public Distribution) and Joint Director (Information Technology)
Gyanendra Kumar Gangwar, IAS, Further Director (Vigilance and Public Distribution) and Joint Director (Info Know-how). Pic: Sherin Sunny

A decade in the past, when Shantha, a housemaid utilized for her Beneath Poverty Line (BPL) ration card, she was mired in paperwork. Nevertheless, the method has now been digitised and made less complicated, at the least on paper. One ought to be capable to get a BPL card by producing one’s Aadhaar card and an earnings assertion issued by the Tehsildar’s workplace as many of the candidates aren’t a part of an everyday payroll system. Purposes, with related paperwork connected, might be made on-line solely.

Though on-line mode of utility, improve in personal service suppliers, and the introduction of presidency initiatives like Grama One and Bangalore One, has simplified the method, there are nonetheless pending purposes. 2.7 lakh purposes are ready to be processed, in response to knowledge supplied by Gyanendra Kumar Gangwar, IAS, Further Director (Vigilance & Public Distribution) and Joint Director (Info Know-how). Gyanendra Kumar is chargeable for each assortment  and verification of information. 

The division has, in current instances, recognized round two lakh Precedence Households (PHH) or BPL card holders as ineligible. These card holders embrace these proudly owning automobiles, these with greater than three hectare dry land in rural areas, and a few even had authorities jobs. As per pointers by (Nationwide Meals Safety Act) NFSA, households proudly owning 4 wheelers, or with any member employed with the State or Central governments, PSUs or authorities aided autonomous our bodies and native our bodies are ineligible to get BPL playing cards.

Imposition of penalties, financial recoveries equal to the ration obtained, and cancellations or altering class of playing cards to Non-Precedence Family (NPHH) class or APL class have been performed by the Division of Meals, Civil and Shopper Affairs for such fraudulent card holders.

The division has been rigorously doing this verification since 2021. It’s an ongoing course of, says Gyanendra Kumar. Recoveries value Rs 1,21,15,284 have been created from ineligible BPL card holders between January 30 2021 and October 31 2022 for Bengaluru alone. This contains each sorts: PHH playing cards and Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) playing cards, that are given to the poorest among the many BPL households. 

Detecting ineligible card holders

The division adopted a scientific strategy to sort out such frauds, says Gyanendra Kumar. Authorities workers had been recognized utilizing the Human Useful resource Administration System (HRMS) database, and particulars from the identical had been cross verified with the respective Aadhaar particulars. Roughly 20,000 ineligible PHH playing cards had been recognized, revoked, and penalties levied.

Additional, the division labored along with the Regional Transport Workplace (RTO) to establish PHH card holders who owned 4 wheelers for additional proof of identification. The listing included luxurious automobile house owners as effectively amongst roughly 12,600 different ineligible card holders. These figures are for your entire state of Karnataka.

For Bengaluru, each city and rural, the entire variety of ration playing cards recognized as ineligible between January 30 2021 and October 31 2022, are given within the desk under.

Recognized standards No. of ineligible playing cards recognized
Self-Give up 45
Revenue Tax Payers 27,989
Govt. Workers 2,343
Those that personal greater than 3 hectare of land 904
These with annual earnings larger than 1.2 lakhs 1,795
By way of letters from division offcials 9,502
House owners of 4 wheelers 2,681
Whole 45,259
Information supply: Gyanendra Kumar Gangwar

PHH card holders are entitled to a number of welfare schemes supplied by the state and central governments. Below the Ayushman Bharat-Arogya Karnataka (AB-ArK) scheme, an Aadhaar linked-PHH card holder can avail as much as Rs 5 lakh in the direction of hospitalisation. Reservations at instructional establishments might be availed by the economically weaker sections by their PHH playing cards. Additionally, there are a number of housing schemes akin to Basava Vasati Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY), and others, which might be availed by Aadhaar linked-PHH card holders.  

“Due to the a number of  advantages connected to the cardboard, people cover info and procure PHH playing cards”, says Gyanendra Kumar.  “They normally apply to avail meals ration by the cardboard. They use it for different healthcare advantages as effectively”. 

Nevertheless, Shantha and a number of other others like her, use their BPL ration playing cards to avail ration solely. Venkatamma, a non-teaching help employees in a authorities college, says: “I’ve had my ration card for 5 years now. However I take advantage of it to purchase my month-to-month ration solely. I pay from my pocket after I go to the hospital.”

In line with the NFSA Act 2013, as much as 75% of rural inhabitants and 50% of the city inhabitants are entitled to obtain subsidised foodgrains below the Focused Public distribution System. In line with Gyanendra Kumar, in comparison with census knowledge, Karnataka has already reached this cover as per the NSFA Act.

Thus, the division is being extra cautious within the concern of recent PHH playing cards as any further allocation must be authorised by the Centre, with the state bearing the bills of those further subsidies.

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“At present, new purposes are primarily coming in from those that had been beforehand beneficiaries and have utilized for brand spanking new playing cards as a consequence of dying of the cardboard holder or when a beneficiary marries and begins a brand new household,” provides Gyanendra Kumar. 

However these aren’t the one components delaying the processing of recent candidates. “The web site doesn’t operate effectively and the servers are sometimes down,” says Ramesh, a neighborhood service supplier. “Additionally, issuance of ration playing cards is delayed in case of election or every other authorities actions.”

Ramesh provides that the ready interval publish inspection by the officers is at the least three months. Although, as per the regulation, the ready interval to acquire a ration card is supposed to be simply 15 working days from the date of utility.

As defined by Gyanendra Kumar, the approval window is opened periodically and is an everyday course of. The state authorities had sanctioned the problem of almost 1.5 lakh PHH playing cards equal to 5 lakh residents in March 2022 and the identical has been issued. The state authorities is trying to shut the pending 2.7 lakh purposes within the subsequent two or three months. 

apply for a ration card

  • Most people can go to the Division of Meals, Civil Provides and Customers Affairs Web site to generate ration playing cards. Choose the e-services menu and the e-Ration sub menu provision the place the process to generate new ration card might be seen. Click on the identical and comply with the directions. 
  • The identical might be performed by the listing of native service suppliers, which might be discovered on the web site. One also can find the closest authorities companies akin to Grama One and Bangalore One to avail their providers. 
  • Residents can e book a Janasevaka appointment by calling 080-44554455, or obtain and log onto the Cell One App, or entry it by a hyperlink, in addition to avail doorstep supply of presidency providers.

Migrant staff’ plight

With the introduction of One Nation One Ration Card, all NFSA issued ration playing cards and beneficiaries can avail their meals grains throughout the nation. This has proved useful to migrant staff within the state as they’ll strategy any honest worth store to purchase subsidised foodgrains. Additional, with the introduction of the Mera Ration app, migrant staff can find the closest honest worth store and procure their ration associated info.

Screenshot of One nation one ration card app on Google Play Store
Mera Ration App’s Welcome Web page. Pic : Google Play Retailer
Screenshot of Mer Ration Shop Home screen
Mera Ration App’s House Display. Pic: Google Play Retailer

Nevertheless, most migrant staff are unaware of this facility. “We’ve got a card again in our village, however right here we purchase from the supply retailer close by,” says Murugesh, who hails from Tamil Nadu and works in a building website. “We don’t use our card right here”. This can be a widespread remark by migrant staff, whose ration playing cards are with their households again residence. Different migrant staff, like Murugesh, we spoke to are additionally unaware concerning the cell utility that may assist them avail their ration.

Ganesh, a service supplier, says he hasn’t had any migrant staff making use of for ration playing cards or searching for associated info in his workplace. There was no outreach programme to create this consciousness amongst migrant staff.

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Accessibility to numerous authorities schemes and providers has elevated over time with expertise appearing as a multiplier. “Within the final 4 or 5 years, the usage of IT instruments has helped residents loads as they’re extra conscious and are implementing their rights, which is an efficient path to maneuver in the direction of,” says Gyanendra Kumar.

Nevertheless, malpractices and frauds have tainted the system with duty resting on each people and the state.

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