Kottarakkara: Officers of the Kerala food department were not prepared for this. Rifling through the long list of ration card holders who claimed food subsidies meant for the very poor, they bumped into a man who owned a premium car with a price tag of Rs 60 lakh.
He had suppressed his affluence to claim a priority ration card attached to a public distribution shop at Valakam. His whereabouts were given away when the officers cross-checked the names of receivers of subsidy with a list of car owners supplied by the transport department.
Similarly, a big-time contractor from Elamad was also found to have received subsidized food with an illegally acquired priority ration card. Taluk supply officer S A Saif said that the department would go ahead with proceedings against the duo, including prosecution.
The food department has put out for public audit a list of car owners who claimed priority ration. Officials said that the department would crack down even if they transfer the vehicles to someone else.
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