Senior Nationalist Congress Party leader and former legislator Ramvir Singh Bidhuri charged on Friday that the Delhi Government has not renewed the ration cards of a large number of Below Poverty Line (BPL) card holders and due to this they have not been getting the rations since 2008.

Addressing a press conference, the senior politician said the Delhi Government had renewed the cards of only about 50 per cent of those who had deposited their old cards for renewal.

“It has been nearly five years since people deposited the BPL cards and a large number of them are yet to get the renewed cards despite repeated requests to the government,” Mr. Bidhuri said.

He said while taking back the old BPL cards, the Delhi Government had also issued a receipt which had stated that they would continue to get rations and other essential commodities. However, since 2009, this practice of issuing rations against the receipt was discontinued by the government, he pointed out.

Similarly, he said a number of discrepancies have cropped up in the BPL cards that have been issued. In some of the cards, the government department has made an entry for a gas cylinder whereas that family does not even possess a connection.

Likewise, he said in some cases of JJ clusters, it has been shown that a family was residing in a house when it was actually staying in a jhuggi and this excuse had been used to deny them a plot or residential unit under the displacement and rehabilitation process.

Stating that many families living in JJ clusters and holding Antodaya, BPL or APL cards were now being forced to buy kerosene from the open market as their supply of 22 litres of kerosene per month has been discontinued, the NCP leader added that this has put a lot of financial burden on these families.