BALASORE: Police complaints have been filed against 126 persons, including 43 Government employees till Saturday, over inclusion of their names in the National Food Security Act (NFSA) beneficiary list in Balasore district.
A village level worker of Khaira block, Ashish Kumar Jena, has been placed under suspension for his alleged involvement in irregularities in preparation of ration cards. The police cases have been filed by marketing inspectors of 12 blocks of the district.
According to official reports, ration cards have been issued in the names of 4,49,630 beneficiaries in Balasore Sadar, Remuna, Basta, Jaleswar, Baliapal, Bhogarai, Nilagiri, Khaira, Ouapda, Simulia, Soro and Bahanaga blocks. So far, 3,242 persons, including 40 politicians and 345 Government employees, have surrendered their ration cards. But many others are yet to do so despite an ultimatum from the administration to return the ration cards by January 15. Criminal proceedings will be initiated against them if they do not return their ration cards.
Meanwhile, the Opposition leaders have accused the administration of shielding the ruling party leaders. They alleged that though cases have been filed against the Government employees, no FIR has been lodged against the political leaders who had influenced the officials to get their names included in the beneficiary list.
The BJP leaders said though the names of general secretary of BJD district committee Barada Prasanna Pattnayak, Khaira block chairperson Jayanti Mahala, Soro NAC chairperson Subhasmita Mohanty, Jaleswar block chairman Tapan Das, Jaleswar NAC chairperson Subasini Singh, Sadar block chairperson Sasmita Mohapatra and Nilagiri block chairperson Binati Naik are in the beneficiary list, no legal action has been initiated against them.
ADM Manmath Pani said block officials have been asked to take legal against those involved in the bungling.
48 FIRs in Rayagada
Rayagada: The Rayagada administration has lodged FIRs against 48 fake NFSA beneficiaries of the district. Of them, 44 are from Rayagada sub-division and four from Gunupur sub-division.
On January 5, Rayagada Collector Jagannath Mohanty had directed officials to identify ineligible beneficiaries and file police cases against them.
Civil Supply Officer Nilakantha Mohanty said the drive will continue in the district and technical errors in NFSA beneficiary list would be rectified soon.