Delhi

‘Ration scam’ under AAP govt, alleges BJP

Dares govt to go for independent probe

The BJP on Wednesday alleged a “ration scam” similar to the “fodder scam” in Bihar had been perpetrated in the Capital under the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and dared it to go for an independent probe into it.

Citing the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report which was tabled in the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari alleged that ration for the poor was diverted to the ration mafia. He also announced that the party would stage a demonstration on the issue at the Assembly on Thursday.

Diverted to ration mafia

“Like chara ghotala in Bihar, Delhi is witnessing a ration scam as the CAG report points. Motorcycles and scooters were used for transporting ration which was diverted to ration mafia instead of poor people,” Mr. Tiwari said at a press conference.

It has been reported that the Kejriwal government is planning to send to the Central Bureau of Investigation matters of corruption flagged by the CAG report and the BJP, too, wanted that the matter be probed by an independent agency, he stated.

BJP leaders including Delhi MPs Meenakshi Lekhi, Pravesh Verma and Ramesh Bidhuri too attacked the AAP government saying that it was trying to save itself by attacking the L-G over doorstep delivery system.

Sharing an extract from the CAG report highlighting various loopholes, CM Arvind Kejriwal had tweeted, “This is what LG trying to protect when he rejects doorstep delivery of rations. The entire ration system is in the grip of mafia protected by political masters. Doorstep delivery would have destroyed this mafia.”

The Opposition alleged that doorstep delivery, if implemented, would promote more irregularities in distribution of ration.

The CAG audit report for 2016-17, pointed out many “lapses” by the Food and Civil Supplies Department of Delhi government.

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