Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jan 14:
While controversy over irregularities in the distribution of ration cards under National Food Security Act (NFSA) has taken centre-stage in state politics, over 400 ration cards found abandoned near a bush in Odisha’s Puri district has raised many eyebrows.
According to reports, around 400 ration cards were found abandoned near a bush three days ago in Anlajodi village under Kanas block in the district.
These mysteriously abandoned ration cards belong to residents of Bhanjanagar area in Ganjam district.
On January 12, some school students found them scattered near a bush while they were returning from Anlajodi school.
Without having slightest idea about these documents, the students collected these cards and brought them to their village. The village elders were surprised to find them in the hands of the minors and further investigation revealed that these cards belong to Sankunda, Bahapadar, Gojimari, Chidiapali and Chitipali under Bhanjanagar block in Ganjam district.
Notably, these cards have been granted by the ADM dated October 26, 2015, according to reports.
When the village elders phoned the Ganjam BDO and village sarpanch to enquire about the issue, they did not any satisfactory answers, the villagers alleged.
There has been no visit from government authorities to investigate the matter, the villagers have said.