CAG raps State over BPL cards distribution

Govt had collected affidavits from families

The Government has distributed the BPL cards to 106.69 lakh families, which is 75.40 lakh more than the Centre’s estimate.

While the Centre is supplying foodgrains to 31.29 lakh families based on its survey, the State has shouldered the burden of supplying foodgrains to the remaining 75.40 lakh families at a highly subsidies rate, Accountant General M Nanjundaswamy told reporters on Monday.

The report was tabled in the just-concluded budget session of the State legislature. It was ahead of the Parliamentary elections in 2009, the BJP Government distributed nearly 30 lakh BPL cards. The Government distributed the cards by collecting an affidavit from the beneficiaries that they do not possess any ration cards which the CAG termed as a defective system of identification.

The report stated that 9,667 metric tonnes of sugar meant to be distributed under the PDS, was not delivered to the beneficiaries. The Government didn’t take any action against the wholesale nominees who failed to lift the allotted sugar from the factories.

Misuse of CRF

The CAG report also disclosed the misuse of the Calamity Relief Fund by the then deputy commissioner of Gadag in 2007-08. The DC had diverted Rs 81.60 lakh to furnish his residential quarters, construction of compound wall and other works, in violation of the CRF guidelines.

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