The Delhi government has directed the food and civil supplies department to stop the cancellation of existing ration cards and also the making of new ones immediately. The move came after the government received a large number of complaints about alleged violation of norms by the officials.The department’s commissioner has been directed to stop the process of cancelling existing ration cards and the making of new cards immediately till further orders. There are 2,254 fair-price shops in the national Capital from where foodgrain are distributed to cardholders at subsidised rates.In his order, the minister said that it has been brought to his notice by various MLAs, NGOs and the general public that several names have been deleted from ration card list, while over several thousand names have been added to the existing list.The order stated that according to complaints, thousands of ration cards have also been made in the past couple of months without following the due process of law such as the issuance of the notice, house verification, survey and due opportunity of being heard.”It is being alleged that food and civil supplies department is not following proper procedure in the process of addition and deletion of names in the ration cards and is acting in arbitrary and malafide manner. In view of complaints, it is directed that the process of cancellation of existing ration cards and of new making ration cards may be stopped herewith immediately till further orders,” Hussain said in his order. He also said, in case of any urgency for deletion or addition of names in ration cards, his approval should be sought.THE ORDERThe Delhi government has directed the food and civil supplies department to stop the cancellation of existing ration cards and also the making of new ones immediately.
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