ALIRAJPUR (MADHYA PRADESH): The much-hyped free ration scheme of Union and state government is not benefitting the needy during the second wave of Covid-19. BJP former MLA Nagar Singh Chouhan wrote to the District Collector claiming that the society's salesmen are black marketing the ration meant for the poor.
Chouhan demanded the monitoring of the process by the administrative officers and suggested for verification of distributed ration so far.
Notably, in the wake of a surge in Covid-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh and the subsequent curbs, the state government announced to provide free ration to all eligible beneficiaries for the next three months. The government also asked officials to invoke the stringent National Security Act (NSA) against those involved in the black marketing of life-saving drugs.
Chouhan said that many families from several villages were not receiving the food grains. Either the salesmen refused to give them ration or asked to pay for it. He also said that the Patwari, Tehsildar and other administrative officers should inspect the centres. He appealed to the youth to monitor the facilities provided the administration and inform him if they notice any fault.
Amid the pandemic, the government is providing 4 kg of wheat and 1 kg of rice every month to the beneficiaries for free but after getting complaints from several villages of Alirajpur, the Chouhan informed the district collector to take statutory action.