LJP says 14.5 lakh families deprived of PDS as state govt failed to update Centre’s list

Written by Santosh Singh
| Patna |

Published: April 26, 2020 6:14:31 am

A PDS beneficiary will get two kgs wheat and three kgs rice for Rs 2 and Rs three per kg respectively per member of the family. (Representational)
Amid allegations in Bihar of irregularities on the half of Public Distribution System (PDS) sellers, the federal government’s alliance associate Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Friday mentioned that particulars of 14.5 lakh familes – about 60 lakh folks – haven’t been up to date within the list of beneficiaries despatched to the Centre, which was inflicting these families to lose out on state and Central authorities advantages.

Since April, the state authorities has been giving out 5 kgs rice and one kg pulses to every of the 1.68 crore ration card holders within the state and has additionally transferred Rs 1,000 to Aadhaar-linked financial institution accounts of about 90 lakh ration card holders. A PDS beneficiary will get two kgs wheat and three kgs rice for Rs 2 and Rs three per kg respectively per member of the family.

On Saturday, LJP president Chirag Paswan mentioned: “It is sad that the Bihar government has not been able to send the list of new PDS beneficiaries. About 14.5 lakh families have been affected because of the state government not being able to send the list. While these people are deprived of the additional ration scheme, they are also not being able to get sundry relief announced by Central and state governments.”

He mentioned some families had been going through a “hunger-like” scenario as a result of of the lockdown. “I hope the state government reacts fast,” he added.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, nonetheless, informed The Indian Express: “Applications of a number of lakh folks had been rejected earlier. As per the restrict mounted by the Central authorities, solely 14.5 lakh families may be added. We have gotten staff of self assist teams (SHGs) to conduct a survey on deserving further beneficiaries. Once the survey is full, one other 14.5 lakh new card-holders could be added. We are additionally attempting to hyperlink all ration card-holders to hyperlink their card to Aadhaar in order that they will additionally avail sundry COVID-19 aid.”

Meanwhile, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief Upendra Kushwaha on Saturday noticed a quick to draw authorities’s consideration in the direction of the deprivation some poor families had been going through as a result of of the lockdown.

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