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SC panel to suggest measures to weed out corruption in PDS

Posted by egovindia on July 17, 2006

SC panel to suggest measures to weed out corruption in PDS

http://www.newkerala.com/news3.php?action=fullnews&id=21856

New Delhi, Jul 12: The Supreme Court today set up a a two-member panel headed by a former judge of the apex court to examine the maladies afflicting the public distribution system (PDS) in the country and suggest remedial measures.

A Bench of Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice S H Kapadia, which asked the committee to submit a report to it in four months, observed that it was an accepted fact that there was widespread corruption in the PDS and the foodgrain was not reaching the common man.

The former Judge to head the panel would be named by the Chief Justice of India while N C Saxena will be the other member. Saxena is the court’s Commissioner in another case filed by PUCL relating to starvation and right to food.

Apart from examining the issue of corruption and diversion of foodgrains and kerosene at the level of ration shops/dealers, the panel will also go into the issue of transparancy in the system.

It will examine as to how vigilance committees set up under the Public Distribution System (Control) Order were functioning.

The order came on a PIL filed in 2001 by People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), which alleged widespread corruption in PDS and diversion of foodgrains from ration shops to open market.

The petitioner urged the court to direct the Government to initiate criminal proceedings under the Essential Commodities Act against the guilty officials and register FIR on the information provided by an aggrieved person or any recognised consumer organisation.

It also wanted an effective monitoring mechanism to be in place to check diversion of foodgrains and kerosene.

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