Surrender bogus ration cards or be prosecuted: government

September 20th, 2010 - 6:50 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) In a crackdown on bogus ration cards, t he central government Monday asked all those holding these counterfeit cards to surrender these or face prosecution.

The move follows a Supreme Court direction.

“All the families or persons holding bogus and ineligible ration cards under the public distribution system are hereby warned to surrender the same to the concerned authorities forthwith, otherwise criminal prosecution shall be initiated against them,” a release of Delhi’s consumer affairs, food and public distribution ministry said.

The ministry said it has also written to the governments of all states and union territories apprising them of the Supreme Court’s direction to authorities to weed out the bogus ration cards holders.

The Supreme Court issued the direction Aug 31 while adjudicating a lawsuit on various maladies plaguing the public distribution system. The lawsuit, still pending with the court, was filed by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties.

All state governments and union territories have been asked to issue advertisements highlighting the apex court’s directions and warning citizens that they would be liable to be prosecuted if they fail to surrender their bogus ration cards within two weeks of the publication of advertisement.

The ministry release said the Public Distribution System (Control) Order, 2001, mandates all states and union territories to carry out all required action to ensure smooth functioning of public distribution system (PDS).

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