VASCO: The residents of Mormugao taluka have raised strong concern over the error created in the new ration cards under the above poverty line (APL).
Long queues were witnessed in order to collect the ration APL cards at the office of the civil supplies for consecutive two days on April 25 and 26.
The ration card holders who made a beeline at the civil supplies office in Vasco were surprised to note that several errors have been committed such as change in name, spelling mistake, change in house address and location and even deletion of family members from the new APL ration cards.
Vijay Chodankar from Baina said, “I was surprised to note that there were spelling mistakes in the names of my new APL ration card. Apart from me, several other card holders who were issued the new APL cards were shocked to see errors”.
The residents of Mormugao taluka have demanded that the state government and the Minister for Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs extend the date of issuing APL ration cards. The last date for issuance of APL ration cards is May 17.
When contacted the civil supplies sub-inspector Sanjeev Naik said that the mistake committed in the new APL ration cards are not human error, but it is a printing mistake.
“We admit that there are certain errors created in the new APL ration cards, but we also have told the card holders that the civil supplies would correct the errors in the month of June”, said Naik.
Naik disclosed that there are nearly 16,000 APL ration cards are to be distributed to people in Mormugao taluka. “On April 25 and 26, we have distributed 550 APL ration cards at the office of the civil supplies in Vasco”. Naik said that the staff at civil supplies office is facing a hard time to distribute the new APL ration cards due to confusion created by people while standing in long queues.
Meanwhile, the office of the civil supplies in Vasco on Wednesday issued a notice to fair price shops in Mormugao taluka to distribute PDS quota to all APL ration card holder as per their list available with them (by producing the old ration cards). “The government has not yet cancelled the old ration cards and that the fair price shops should continue with the distribution quota”, according to the notice issued by the inspector Mormugao taluka Franklin Ferrao.
“In case of any fair price shop owners found guilty in distributing PDS quota, strict action will be initiated against them by the director of civil supplies and consumer affairs”, stated the notice.