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'Open theft' in ration distribution, L-G should approve doorstep delivery: Sisodia

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Deputy today claimed the government has found "open theft" in delivery of ration in the city and demanded suspension of and

Sisodia also demanded okays the AAP government's ambitious scheme for doorstep delivery of ration and stop the existing e-(Electronic Point of Sale) system, under which beneficiaries are given ration through biometric identification.

According to the deputy chief minister, the e-system, which was implemented in the city from January 1, is allegedly leading to "open theft" in the distribution of ration.

Addressing a press conference here, Sisodia said preliminary enquiry into a sample of data indicates the provision of OTP has been "misused" and that ration has been "siphoned off" during the month of March on a number of cards which appear to be "fake"

The One Time Password (OTP) provision is used to give ration in case the biometric identification of beneficiary fails under the e-system. In such cases, an OTP is sent on the mobile number of the beneficiary available with the and civil supplies department.

Sisodia said the OTP provision was introduced in on March 1 to beat internet connectivity issues at ration shops.

"On one particular mobile number, card-holders were given ration. Based on OTPs sent on 11 mobile numbers, ration of around 1,550 households were distributed, which indicates open theft of ration," Sisodia alleged.

He also said that and & Civil Supplies have written to the L-G flagging this "open theft" in the delivery of ration under e-POS system and demanded suspension of the food &

"The should immediately scrap the e-POS system and suspend the If there is no suspension of the food & supplies commissioner, fair probe into the matter is not possible," the deputy said here.

Sisodia asked why the is not suspending the despite the chief minister's request on several occasions.

During the budget session of the Assembly, which concluded earlier this week, Kejriwal had also demanded the removal of while flagging "discrepancies" in the distribution of ration.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 18:00 IST