Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today unearthed a multi-crore scam in Food & Civil Supplies Department of Punjab with substantiated evidences and demanded an impartial probe by sitting judge of High Court into it.While addressing the media at Chandigarh Press Club, AAP leader Aman Arora claimed that in Food & Civil Supplies Department of Punjab, which is headed by none other than the son-in-law of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal there is multi-crore scam unearthed in the Public Distribution System (PDS), which needed an impartial probe.Unveiling the record pertaining to PDS under national schemes of Ration Depots of state, AAP leader Arora claimed scam of 4500 crore has come in core only in the distribution of wheat to the Card holders, if an impartial probe is done in the distribution of other commodities including pulses, sugar and kerosene oil under PDS, amount of scam could cross the figure 8000 crores.
To buttress his claim, Arora showed the record of three ration depots of Village Bir Kalan of Sunam Tehsil in Sangrur district, which showed the names of those beneficiaries, who were never given even a single grain of ration under PDS.He said under the National Food Security Law two categories including Priority Holders (PH) and Antodya Food Scheme along with Punjab Government’s Atta Dal scheme are beneficiaries. As per the authorized web portal of Food & Civil Supplies Department of Punjab, number of total beneficiaries’ families is 92 Lakhs. PH Card holders are eligible to take five kilogram and under Antodya Scheme they can get 35 kilogram (per card) wheat per month. As per the conditions of the scheme, beneficiary families are liable to get food grain under one scheme only.
To curb the menace, it is mandatory to register UID Card number of each beneficiary in the list of beneficiaries.AAP leader Arora claimed that in a planned manner for scam, Food & Civil Supplies Department of Kairon deliberately did not register the UID Card Numbers against the names of any beneficiary and single beneficiary is registered many a times as a beneficiary under different schemes.Showing the record of Bir Kalan village, Arora said that at many places in the list, if UID card of one member is given, then in the second list his UID card is not shown, rather deliberately UID card number of the other member of the family was shown.“Even in some cases, one beneficiary was shown at many places by deliberate mistake in the spellings, so that it could not be traced even in the checking by auditors”, he claimed.Even in some cases, after marriage of the daughter of the family, her name was continued showing her as beneficiary, Arora said while showing death certificate of one of the beneficiary, who was still shown as beneficiary after six years of his death.He reiterated demand of impartial probe by the sitting judge of High Court to prevail truth in the scam.