18 lakh illegal ration cards cancelled

The State government on Thursday has informed the High Court that it has cancelled 18 lakh illegal ration cards in the State over the last few months.

Additional advocate general K M Nataraj, appearing on behalf of the government, made the submission before the division bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen during the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) on the irregularities in the ration card distribution system.

“A database on the number of ration cards cancelled, deleted and newly added is being maintained. Information on the status of ration cards in particular villages or localities has been displayed in the respective Gram Panchayat offices,” he said.

Nataraj said that the public interest litigation was filed by S A Ramdas, Medical Education Minister, in 2006, when he was not a legislator.

“He has complained that BPL cards were issued to ineligible persons. But, now he is a minister and can order action. Instead, this petition is pending before the court and it is not a good sign to approach the court,” he said.

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