Borim locals ration card woes yet to end

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September 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm #4681

Residents from Tishem-Borim are yet again in a difficult situation as several duplicate ration cards issued to over 100 residents are incomplete.

It may be recalled that in January, over 100 residents from Tishem were issued duplicate ration cards by the Civil Supplies Department, as the ration cards were in possession of the police, who is investigating into an alleged rice black-marketing racket that was busted in November last year.

“Many ration cards issued are incomplete. In our ration card, my daughter-in-law’s name has not been included. Similar is the case with other ration card holders in the village. Ration card is an important document and I hope government will look into the matter at the earliest,” said Vishwanath Naik from Tishem.

The duplicate ration cards were issued after residents complained that in the absence of ration cards they were forced to buy grocery from shops at much higher prices and ration cards are also needed for any administrative purposes.

Inquiries at Ponda Civil Supplies Department revealed that names which were added or deleted from the ration cards might be missing and to rectify the problem, it will need the original records that are now in possession of the police. In absence of original documents, officials from Ponda Civil Supplies department who did not wanted to be quoted claimed helplessness to solve the problem.

It may be recalled that Ponda Police on November 2, last year, raided a godown at Curti-Ponda and had arrested three persons for their alleged involvement in black-marketing of rice. During the course of investigation, police had attached some ration cards from Tishem residents, who used to purchase grocery from the fair price shop run by the main accused, Sachin Borkar.

Source/Reference: Herald, “Borim locals’ ration card woes yet to end

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