The residents of Mormugao taluka have raised a serious concern over the mistakes done in the new ration cards under the above poverty line (APL). The big queue was seen at the office of the civil supplies for the past two days on April 25 and 26 to collect the ration APL cards. People are annoyed to note the several errors on their APL ration card which is very important for them at every point. Here’s what people and officials have to say about it.
The ration card holders who were actually waited for long in lengthy lines at the civil supplies office in Vasco were surprised to see the mistakes such as a change in name, spelling mistake, change in house address and location and even erasure of some family members from their new APL ration cards.
“I was surprised to note that there were spelling mistakes in the names of my new APL ration card. Apart from me, several other card holders who were issued the new APL cards were shocked to see errors”, said a resident of Baina Vijay Chodankar.
After this issue, the residents of Mormugao taluka have now insisted that the state government and the Minister for Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs extend the date of issuing the APL ration cards for which the last date of issuance is May 17.
Sanjeev Naik, the civil supplies sub-inspector have said that the mistakes committed in the new APL ration cards are printing mistakes and not a human error.
Naik said, “We admit that there are certain errors created in the new APL ration cards, but we also have told the card holders that the civil supplies would correct the errors in the month of June”.
According to Naik, there are almost 16,000 APL ration cards which are to be distributed to people in Mormugao taluka. He said, “On April 25 and 26, we have distributed 550 APL ration cards at the office of the civil supplies in Vasco.”
The confusion created by people while standing in long queues have made the staff at civil supplies office face a hard time to distribute the new APL ration cards, Naik added.
At the same time, the office of the civil supplies in Vasco issued a notice to fair price shops in Mormugao taluka to distribute PDS quota to all APL ration card holder as per their list available with them (by producing the old ration cards).
As per the notice issued by the inspector Mormugao taluka Franklin Ferrao, “The government has not yet canceled the old ration cards and that the fair price shops should continue with the distribution quota”. Notice also states that “In the case of any fair price shop owners found guilty of distributing PDS quota, strict action will be initiated against them by the director of civil supplies and consumer affairs”.