Assistant collector’s wife sparks row over use of NFSA card – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

MALKANGIRI: The wife of Deputy Collector Lalit Mandal has landed in controversy for allegedly obtaining a Land Rights Certificate (LRC) for her home in the town of Malkangiri by producing a National Food Security Law Ration Card ( NFSA) which is intended for persons belonging to the BPL category.

Binotirani Mondal secured the LRC against the house in Ward No. 15 under the Jaga Mission of the State Government of the Malkangiri Municipality Office on August 20 by paying only Rs. of the society.

The municipality’s chief executive, Ashok Chakrabarty, said that after receiving complaints from residents of Ward No. 15 that Binotirani was the wife of the deputy collector and was not eligible to obtain the ration card from the NFSA, a show cause notice was issued to him. He was asked to deposit the remaining bonus of Rs 55,000 at the municipality office soon.

District Civil Supplies Officer Ajay Kumar Ratha said the NFSA ration card issued in favor of Binotirani was canceled on August 16 after it was discovered that she was the wife of the collector deputy. The map was generated online in July this year by the municipality. The name of assistant receiver Lalit Mandal was not mentioned on the card. On the contrary, the name of Binotirani’s father was mentioned there, Ratha said.

Deputy Collector Lalit, an OAS officer working as an emergency officer in the Malkangiri collector, said he was unaware of the ration card issued in his wife’s name as he was stationed at the outside. Quoting his wife, Lalit said it was released in 2017-2018 when NGOs were investigating it. The ration card was never used for benefits, he claimed.

Meanwhile, local residents demanded an investigation into the incident. “How can the NFSA card be issued in favor of the assistant receiver’s wife? Action must be taken against the authorities who issued the ration card,” they said.

MALKANGIRI: The wife of Deputy Collector Lalit Mandal has landed in controversy for allegedly obtaining a Land Rights Certificate (LRC) for her home in the town of Malkangiri by producing a National Food Security Law Ration Card ( NFSA) which is intended for persons belonging to the BPL category. Binotirani Mondal secured the LRC against the house in Ward No. 15 under the Jaga Mission of the State Government of the Malkangiri Municipality Office on August 20 by paying only Rs. of the society. The municipality’s chief executive, Ashok Chakrabarty, said that after receiving complaints from residents of Ward No. 15 that Binotirani was the wife of the deputy collector and was not eligible to obtain the ration card from the NFSA, a show cause notice was issued to him. He was asked to deposit the remaining bonus of Rs 55,000 at the municipality office soon. District Civil Supplies Officer Ajay Kumar Ratha said the NFSA ration card issued in favor of Binotirani was canceled on August 16 after it was discovered that she was the wife of the collector deputy. The map was generated online in July this year by the municipality. The name of assistant receiver Lalit Mandal was not mentioned on the card. On the contrary, the name of Binotirani’s father was mentioned there, Ratha said. Deputy Collector Lalit, an OAS officer working as an emergency officer in the Malkangiri collector, said he was unaware of the ration card issued in his wife’s name as he was stationed at the outside. Quoting his wife, Lalit said it was released in 2017-2018 when NGOs were investigating it. The ration card was never used for benefits, he claimed. Meanwhile, local residents demanded an investigation into the incident. “How can the NFSA card be issued in favor of the assistant receiver’s wife? Action must be taken against the authorities who issued the ration card,” they said.

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