In the upscale Indira Nagar area of Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district stands the sprawling two-storey bungalow of former BJP minister Leela Ram Bhojwani. Until last December, Bhojwani was also the chairperson of the Chhattisgarh State Civil Supply Corporation, which is the nodal authority for the public distribution system in the state. But the former PDS chief holds a general category ration card, and his three daughters-in-law hold ration cards meant for BPL households.
The cards issued in the names of Bhojwani and his daughters-in-law are among 14 lakh fake ones issued under the state’s much-acclaimed Food Security Act that was enacted in January 2013. Incidentally, Chhattisgarh is considered to be a “model state” for decentralising its PDS system and ensuring minimum leakage of ration supply.
In the space of a month, from August-September 2013, when PDS distribution began under the new Act, the state saw a 100 per cent increase in BPL families — from 33 lakh in August to nearly 65.8 lakh a month later.
For a state that has been claiming a high growth rate in the 10 years of Chief Minister Raman Singh’s rule, 94 per cent of its total households are now BPL, going by the ration cards issued to them. Besides, while the state has only 56 lakh households, under the Act, ration cards had been made for 70.27 lakh households.
Fake ration cards pile up in ‘model’ PDS state | The Indian Express