Shopian: 2015 ration cards being distributed now; Officials blame ‘summer uprising’

Raashid Hassan

Shopian

The residents of the several areas of Shopian district on Monday alleged that the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs is distributing ration cards after two years of delay in several parts of the district.

Locals alleged that authorities are charging Rs 100 on APL cards which have MRP of Rs 80, Rs 75 on BPL which has MRP of Rs 30 and Rs 35 on AAYA which is free of cost as per the government figures, printed on ration cards.

The locals of Voterpora, Pehlipora, Pargochi and Langandora also said that the department has told the consumers that food supplies will be given on Aadhar cards only.

Locals told Kashmir Life that the authorities from the department have warned them that food supplies will be given to those who are going to submit Aadhar card details. However, they said, “Most of us don’t have Aadhar cards.”

Officials of the DFCS&CA told Kashmir Life that the new MRP rates have been revised by the directorate and they don’t have a hold on it.

However, one of the senior officials said, “We have not received orders regarding the deadline for the submission of Aadhar.  However, we will not stop services to the consumers till the orders come from the directorate.”

He added that distribution of ration cards was delayed due to the summer-uprising.

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