CGBU alleges anomalies in BPL rice distribution

DIMAPUR, FEB 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/13/2020 1:08:25 PM IST

Alleging “certain anomalies” in the monthly distribution of BPL rice in the Medziphema sub-division, the Chakhroma GBs Union (CGBU) has sought to know from the responsible authority about the reason behind the irregularities. 

In a press release, CGBU president Rokovitso Kuotsu and secretary Thepfükuo Nagi claimed that while all other villages were allotted 5kg of BPL rice per head, the villages under Medziphema sub-division were given only 4kg per head since 2017 till date. “This is not the case of one village alone but all the villages under the sub-division are allotted only 4 Kg Per head,” CGBU stated.
Maintaining that “all is not well” with the distribution of rice under Medziphema sub-division, the CGBU has sought to know whether the decrease in the quantity was affected from the responsible ministry or it was done by the state government? 
It stated that PHH ration was a centrally sanctioned scheme under National Food Security Act 2013 meant for the poor and needy. Therefore, the union said the quantity of the rice to be distributed to the people was also uniformly fixed for all beneficiaries. However, CGBU said the unequal treatment meted out to the villages falling under Medziphema sub-division was a serious matter and needed to be probed by the responsible authorities. 
Further, it stated that if the rice meant for the poor villagers was siphoned off by any officer for personal benefits, it amounted to denial of livelihood of the poor villagers. CGBU, therefore, asserted that the responsible officer should be appropriately penalised under the relevant laws.
CGBU has urged the state government to seriously conduct enquiry into the issue and bring out the “true reason(s)” for the unequal allocation of the BPL rice to Medziphema sub-division all these years and the reasons whatsoever be made known to the public at the earliest.


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