About 100 members of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) activists thronged the Collectorate to petition the District Supply Officer asking him to take steps to eradicate the bogus cards in circulation and to speed up the issuance of new ration cards.

The DYFI activists pointed out that as many as 70 persons who had applied for ration cards from Kottaikadu area many months back could not be located.

“The officials concerned in the taluk supplies office are not giving proper reply to the queries of the applicants,” they complained.

According to DYFI cadre, similar grievances of delay in obtaining the ration cards could be heard across the taluk.

Another concern raised by DYFI was the bogus cards in circulation.

A query posted under Right to Information Act revealed that hundreds of live bogus cards were there under one shop alone in Avinashi taluk, they pointed out.

DYFI district secretary R Vadivel and Town committee secretary (south) Stalin Bharathi, among others, were present.