Puducherry, Apr 3: The administration would take steps to remove the anomalies in the issue of red colour ration cards for BPL families in the Union Territory, Chief Minister N Rangasamy told the Legislative Assembly today.
Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said as on March 31, 2008 as many as 1,67,977 yellow colour and 1,44,960 red colour ration cards had been distributed.
As many as 17,432 persons had applied for new cards of which 9,101 cards were given.
As on March 31, 8,331 applications were pending. During 2004-05, the Yanam Region accounted for a total of 9,766 cards of which 6,384 were yellow and 3,382 red colour.
During 2008, the total number of cards were 10,015 of which red accounted for 7,381.
Mr A Anbazhagan (AIADMK), who posed the question, alleged wealthy peope and government employees had obtained red colour cards and were availing benefits.
This showed the details of BPL families taken by the government were wrong, he claimed. Refuting this, the Chief Minister said folowing a directive, as many as 774 government employees surrendered red colour ration cards and obtained yellow cards.
Tourism Minister Malladi Krishna Rao, who intervened, said the red colour ration cards issued in his Yanam Constituency could not be converted into yelow colour all of a sudden though the government had constructed pucca houses for all in the region.
He challenged Mr Anbazhagan to show a single government employee having red colour card in Yanam for taking action.
CPI Member R Viswanathan urged the administration to streamline the issue of ration cards which would help the government save a lot of money.
He also pointed out that people from other states were coming to Puducherry to get old age pension and returning the same day.
Following this, the Chief Minister assured steps to remove the anomalies in providing red colour ration cards.