Mandi: Living in a cordial and amicable circumstances and sharing a healthy bond, is it possible for a father and his son to have a different status on the financial aspect? Under normal scenario the answer would be a big no, but the shocking fact has been transformed into a reality by the Mandi district authorities.

The shocking fact has been brought to the light in the Saraj assembly constituency of Mandi district. While a father has been included in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category for ration card, his son features in the Above Poverty Line (APL) list. Ironically, both reside under the same roof and they have no differences between them.

This is not the sole example in isolation as several such instances of distributing fake ration cards have been reported in the past too.

In the survey of District Food and Civil Supplies Controller in Dharampur block as many as 28 such instances were reported. Acting on the survey report, the Panchayat secretaries cancelled the fake ration cards.

According to the census 2011 conducted by the Food and Civil Supply department, the survey to investigate on the fake ration cards were started with the help of the Sarpanch and panchs of the 10 Blocks including Sadar, Bahl, Sundar Ngar, Karshog, Gopalpur, Dharmpur, Chonda, Dangrs, Saraj and Gohar.

During the investigation, it was found that under four panchayats many fake ration cards were issued. The department is all set to lodge an FIR against the Panchayat Secretaries and Pradhans who were involved in the illegal process.

The number of ration cards in the district of Mandi

APL Ration card:       1,81,161

BPL ration card:         47,929

Antyodya ration card: 28, 932