NFSA fiasco: Probe ordered against six in BMC  

BERHAMPUR: Perturbed by the allegations that corporators of Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC) availing ration cards flouting norms, Ganjam district collector on Friday ordered to lodge a complaint against six including four government officials.

Taking a tough stand, Ganjam district collector directed to probe into the matter.Berhampur Municipal Corporation

Meanwhile, more cases of National Food Security Act irregularities have been emerging from different parts of the state. Those found to have been issued the digitised ration cards under the NFSA include councillors, corporators, Panchayati Raj institution representatives and the spouse of a ruling party legislator.

In a face-saving attempt, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had directed the District Collectors to register criminal cases against the well-to-do who had procured ration cards and the officials who facilitated the issuance of the cards to undeserving families.

Notably, a complaint has also been brought against Anandpur municipality chairperson Saraswati Jena for allegedly receiving a ration card under NFSA. Besides, Kendrapara NAC vice-chairperson Jayanti Lenka and Bhadrak Panchayat Samiti Chairperson Chandrakanti Mallick also hold ration cards in their names.