Food and civil supplies department has clarified to the complaint made by Fellowship Colony Dimapur on bogus beneficiaries detected in the colony and the allegation leveled against the department on issuing a list of fictitious names which was published in a local daily on June 18. The department reiterated that verification of BPL was conducted by along with district administration from time to time for both rural and urban areas. The department is also conducting an intensive verification in the form of obtaining bio-data of the beneficiary countersigned by the village and colony authorities to ascertain genuineness of the beneficiaries and colony authorities were made to be aware of the existence of BPL beneficiaries in the respective areas. Assistant director food and civil supplies department Temsu Jamir in a press release further clarified that targeted public distribution system was implemented for targeted poor sections of the society and not on the basis of village quota or colony quota and identification of beneficiaries done on the basis of the person’s eligibility to come under the BPL category as per the guideline. Jamir stated that in many cases poor and illiterate beneficiaries while shifting their places failed to inform the department of their change and location which was why accurate number of beneficiaries for a certain location do not remain the same. The department has requested the colony to cooperate with the department at the ongoing intensive verification drive to select the genuine beneficiaries.
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