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Employees, pensioners asked to return priority household cards

 FROM A CORRESPONDENT

SILCHAR, June 25: Government employees and pensioners getting more than Rs.1 lakh annually have been asked to handover their Priority Household Cards immediately to their respective issuing authority. Any serviceman is not entitled to avail the benefits of this scheme if their income stands at more than Rs.1 lakh in a year. This should send a message to the individuals who have been receiving the benefits on an illegal basis. The residents of Lakhipur have been asked to handover the cards at the office of the Sub-divisiol Officer, Civil, Lakhipur and the office of Food and Civil Supplies, Lakhipur division.

 The tiol Food Security Act, 2013, also known as Right to Food Act is an Act that focuses on providing food-grains at a subsidized rate to almost two thirds of the country’s ever-swelling population. It seems that some unscrupulous persons are bent upon to derive benefits on illegal basis. It has been also stated that if anyone is found in possession of the cards illegally, legal action will be taken against them under the NFS Act. Agents of various fair price shops have been asked not to sell rice and kerosene oil to those who are not entitled to get the benefit.

 Moreover, they have been asked to cease those cards from those customers who come to collect rice and kerosene oil on illegal basis. This order has been issued by T T D Daulagupu, ADC, Cachar and Dilip Kumar Roy, in-charge, SDO, Civil, Lakhipur who is also the in-charge of the Department of Food and Civil Supplies. In order to ensure proper distribution of rice and kerosene oil to the needy persons, investigations are being carried out secretly. It has been informed that investigations are going on to find out about the non-entitled customers who are availing the benefits of the card. It has been stated that no excuse on the part of the non-entitled customers will be tolerated.

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