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Withdrawal of cases against barred NFSA beneficiaries by Sep 25

Bhubaneswar, Sep 3: Director General of Police (DGP) KB Singh on Saturday directed all district Superintendents of Police (SPs) to withdraw all criminal cases lodged against ineligible beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) by September 25.

The DGP wrote to all the SPs in this regard today and asked them to inform the status of withdrawal of cases of their respective districts to the State police headquarters on a daily basis.

Last month, the State Government has decided to withdraw cases against illegible beneficiaries mostly women as a damage control exercise to placate voters ahead of the panchayat polls scheduled in February next year. The arrest of ineligible beneficiaries especially women in different parts of the State evoked massive protest.

Meanwhile, the Government has extended deadline for ineligible beneficiaries to return their cards by September 30.

The authorities would not also recover money from the ineligible persons if they would adhere to the deadline.

At least 6,786 cases were registered in all the 30 districts for violation of the Odisha Public Distribution System (Control) Order of 2016 so far.

The Government has so far cancelled ration cards of around 6.60 lakh ineligible beneficiaries.

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