NAFSA

THOUBAL| May 3

Eligible recipients of National Food Security Act (NAFSA) priority cards under Wangoo Gram panchayat, Sugnu have appealed the state government and authorities concerned to look into the matter of denying cards to beneficiaries for refusing paying bribes.

At the same time, card holders of Wangoo Gram Panchayat have also raised a complaint that the agent concerned, Thingom Naobi had allegedly demanded a sum of Rs 100 each for issuance of NAFSA cards. In regard to the agent concerned who allegedly tried to charge Rs 400 for the issuance of a NAFSA priority card each along with Rs 400 for an Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) card, the public raised an outcry today.

A card holder from the locality, Maibam Radhe asserted that due to the alleged demands made by Thingom Naobi, several eligible beneficiaries who could not afford to pay the sums have been languishing without any benefits. While stating that since ration cards are of vital importance, people have paid the sums demanded in order to obtain he cards, Maibam Radhe also admitted that she, herself, had paid the sum of Rs 400 too.

Another card holder, Yumnam Sana also asserted the agent had asked her for Rs 400 in order to include her four children in the ration card. “But as I could not afford the money, I have not received the ration card yet,” she added. Meanwhile, a tussle broke out with a woman named Yumlembam Ibe who was reportedly denied her ration card after she failed to pay the amount asked by Naobi.

The public further asked the minister concerned and the DC to investigate the matter at the earliest while also demanding the ration cards to be issued in a proper manner to the eligible beneficiaries.

~IFP

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