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Govt acts tough on bogus card holders
Published on 20 Sep. 2010 11:04 PM IST
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In a crackdown on bogus ration cards, the central government Monday asked all those holding these counterfeit cards to surrender these or face prosecution. The move follows a Supreme Court (SC) direction.
“All the families or persons holding bogus and ineligible ration cards under the public distribution system are hereby warned to surrender the same to the concerned authorities forthwith, otherwise criminal prosecution shall be initiated against them,” a release of Delhi’s consumer affairs, food and public distribution ministry said.
The ministry said it has also written to the governments of all states and union territories (UT) apprising them of the SC’s direction to authorities to weed out bogus ration cards holders. The SC issued the direction Aug 31 while adjudicating a lawsuit on various maladies plaguing the public distribution system. The lawsuit, still pending with the court, was filed by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties.
All state governments and UTs have been asked to issue advertisements highlighting the apex court’s directions and warning citizens that they would be liable to be prosecuted if they fail to surrender their bogus ration cards within 2 weeks of the publication of advertisement.

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