February 23, 2024

Rice distribution irregular, claim 51 families

TAP | Updated: February 10, 2024

Maksam Tayeng

PASIGHAT, Feb 10: Fifty-one ration card holders from Padu village of Mariyang sub-division, in Upper Siang district have alleged significant irregularities in rice distribution to 51 families during a press conference held here on Friday.

According to the statement issued, the ration card holders accused authorities of distributing their allotted rations to 89 new card holders, despite these individuals not being recorded in the government's portal.

Led by Sor Perme Tayeng, gram chairperson of Upper Padu, they demanded strict action against alleged perpetrators such as Mariyang Mopom circle officer, district food and civil supplies officer (DFCSO) and Mariyang assistant deputy commissioner in-charge. The affected families claimed that their shares of rations for October 2023 to January 2024 were diverted to newly issued cards. They emphasized the validity of their ration cards until June 2024 and their continuous listing in the National Food Security Act (NFSA) portal.

Additionally, concerns were raised about unjust reclassification of Above Poverty Line (APL) members as BPL beneficiaries to avail benefits under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Households (PHH) schemes, further exacerbating the situation.

Despite lodging complaints with various authorities, including the Upper Siang deputy commissioner, Mariyang ADC, Mariyang CO and Yingkiong DFCSO, the affected parties felt neglected and even mocked. They highlighted the financial strain incurred due to the necessity of repeated complaints and legal assistance.

Furthermore, incidents of theft at the FPS store and previous instances of irregular ration distribution were mentioned, underscoring a systemic issue demanding urgent attention. The lack of parity in ration card revisions across villages within the district raised suspicions of favoritism.

Upon reaching out to DC Hage Lailang he assured investigation into the matter.

DFCSO in-charge also expressed willingness to address grievances despite being new to the district.

These recurring problems have prompted the aggrieved ration card holders to appeal to Chief Minister Pema Khandu and higher authorities for intervention.

They called for an impartial third-party inquiry and requested the suspension of implicated officers, highlighting discrepancies such as Mopom CO purported order on January 12, a day marked as a holiday for the Losar festival.