State Assembly adjourned over APL cards

Bhubaneswar: The state Assembly today witnessed pandemonium and was briefly adjourned for 30 minutes over the allocation of Above Poverty Line (APL) cards in the KBK districts.

The issue was raised during the question hour. Alleging that the APL families in KBK region are yet to get the cards, the opposition members entered into the well of the House and demanded the announcement of a scheduled time for allocation of the APL cards.

Replying to the opposition MLAs demands, Food Supply and Consumer Welfare Minister Sarada Nayak said that the Collectors in KBK region are already directed to identify the APL families again as per the guidelines and exclude the financially sound families from the list. Apart from this, all bogus cards are cancelled after identifying them.

“The APL cards will be provided after two months of the issuance of the BPL cards”, said the Minister.

However, the opposition members were not satisfied with the reply and alleged that he (minister) is not giving the right answer. They also complained that there has also been misappropriation in the Rs 2 per kg rice scheme.

Meanwhile, alleging that the Centre is delaying the survey work to identify the BPL families, the ruling MLAs joined the uproar forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House.