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Updated: 08-12-2018 21:56 IST

1,490 people booked for PDS rice-smuggling, TN govt tells HC

Chennai, Dec 8 (PTI): The Tamil Nadu government has

informed the Madras High Court that 442 government officials

and 1,490 other individuals have been booked and detained in

the past 10 years for PDS rice-smuggling.

"Out of the 1,490, 131 have been detained more than once

under the Prevention of Blackmarketing and Maintenance of

Supplies of Essential Commodities Act.

This includes 15 people detained more than thrice," said

Principal Secretary, Co-operation, Food and Consumer

Protection Department Dayanand Kataria.

Kataria made the submission through an affidavit in

response to a series of queries raised by a division bench of

Justices N Kirubakaran and Abdul Quddhose in connection with


The court had on October 1 directed the Additional

Public Prosecutor to file a report on the loss caused to the

exchequer and the steps against those smuggling rice.

The court had given the direction while disposing of a

Habeas Corpus Petition by a woman, challenging her husband's

detention under the Prevention of Black Marketing and

Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980.

The official also informed the court Saturday that as of

September 2018, 1.88 crore family cardholders have been

getting free rice.

The quantity of rice allotted for January 2018 to October

2018 was 32,27,200 metric tonnes, he added.

The value of rice distributed to ration card holders

for 2017-18 was approximately Rs 2,110 crore and the number of

cardholders was rising every month owing to splitting and

increasing of families, he said.

On the existing mechanism to check rice smuggling, he

submitted that after implementation of end-to-end

computerisation of PDS, proper mechanism was available to

verify distribution of essential commodities to cardholders.

Every transaction in fair price shops was carried out

through an internet-enabled Point of Sale device. All

transactions were done through smart family cards, which is a

unique family code and a QR code, the official said.

Once the transaction was complete, details of the

transaction reaches the registered mobile number of the card

holders as a SMS immediately, he said.

Recording the submission, the bench reserved its order.



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