Rampur: Taking a strong view of rampant black marketing and hoarding of essential commodities, the Uttar Pradesh government has directed the concerned authorities to take stringent action against the ration mafia in the state.
"Poor people in Uttar Pradesh are being deprived of their right to avail cheaper ration under public distribution system due to black marketers," state Urban Development minister Mohd Azam Khan told reporters here on Tuesday.
Complaints have been received from citizens regarding such illegal operations, he said, adding that any official found showing laxity in their work in this regard would be "severely punished."