Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 10:
Alleging large scale partiality and irregularity in NFSA ration card distribution and subsequent roll correction procedures, opposition Congress and BJP today said that they are considering moving the High Court against Odisha government.
Speaking to reporters, Congress Chief Whip in the state Assembly Tara Prasad Bahinipati today said that he has already consulted with senior lawyer Pitambar Acharya on behalf of his party and would file a PIL in a day or two.
“The state government never wanted the poor to get the ration cards. The Chief Minister wants the voters of his party to receive the cards and cards have been distributed based on allegiance to his political party,” said Bahinipati.
“The state government has not constituted the Food Commission at the state level, the Vigilance Committee at the district level or the panchayat level committee. This is a clear violation of the law. Besides, even though it is illegal for leaders to have NFSA cards, no FIR has been lodged against them. We are going to take the gross violation of law by Naveen Patnaik to the court,” he added.
BJP general secretary Mammohan Samal also echoed similar sentiment and said that his party is consulting legal experts before moving High Court.
“They have rolled out the scheme without implementing the necessary prerequisites and are now fumbling to explain. Further, they are now issuing advertisements seeking withdrawal of applications, which is illegal. BJP is considering all the factors and will take a final call on moving the High Court in a day or two,” said Samal.
Ruling BJD, however, tried to defend its government.
“I fail to see how this is illegal. They are arguing about the commissions and committees; however, the fund sharing pattern for these appointments is yet to be decided between the Centre and the state. So far as advertisements are concerned, the government is issuing them asking ineligible beneficiaries to return their cards or face legal action. I see nothing wrong in it. Let them take the legal recourse,” said BJD Spokesperson Pratap Deb.
Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Kumar Das Burma also appealed the Opposition parties not to complicate matters further and instead “cooperate with the government to ensure food security to the public”.