Conduct CBI probe into Public Distribution System ‘rip-off’ , calls for BJP
Amritsar, January 6
Whereas alleging a rip-off within the Public Distribution System (PDS) in Punjab, BJP’s state vice-president Jagmohan Singh Raju right this moment urged Union Minister for Shopper Affairs Piyush Goel to mark a CBI inquiry into it.
In a communiqué to the Union Minister, he alleged that the foodgrain meant for the economically weaker sections of society was being pilfered in connivance with officers of the state authorities and authorities funds had been being swindled.
He stated beneath the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to offer free foodgrain to poor folks, every individual listed in a ration card was eligible to get 15-kg wheat per quarter freed from price. He stated in Amritsar, solely 12-kg wheat was being distributed to the ration card holders as a substitute of the allotted quota of 15 kg. Nonetheless, on document 15-kg wheat was being proven to be distributed.
“The unaccounted 3-kg wheat is pilfered and diverted to the black market,” he alleged, whereas including that he had visited some PDS ration outlets following complaints by folks and located the allegations true. He stated the corrupt apply was not restricted to Amritsar alone.
He additional alleged that in Punjab, such foodgrains supplied by the Centre are being distributed within the identify and stamp of the state authorities thereby making a false impression within the minds of individuals that it’s the state authorities which is giving them free foodgrains.
He urged Goel that moreover instituting a CBI probe into the multi-crore rip-off, the Centre ought to guarantee correct distribution of 15-kg wheat amongst beneficiaries.