In Jharkhand, social audit finds nearly half the people didn’t get full lockdown ration -Abhishek Angad

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published Published on Jun 28, 2020   modified Modified on Jun 28, 2020

-The Indian Express

These are some of the findings mentioned in a report prepared by Jharkhand’s Social Audit Unit, under the Rural Development Department, created to “promote transparency and accountability in implementation of the programs”.

Ranchi: FORTY-EIGHT per cent people did not receive full two months’ ration, as promised by the Jharkhand government during the lockdown period. Out of 1,255 families inspected, which had pregnant/lactating women or children below five years of age eligible for Anganwadi support, only 1,086 families received the benefits; and among them more than a third – 34 per cent – did not receive nutritional support. Out of 1767 families eligible under Mid-May Meal scheme, around 20 per cent did not get the benefits.

These are some of the findings mentioned in a report prepared by Jharkhand’s Social Audit Unit, under the Rural Development Department, created to “promote transparency and accountability in implementation of the programs”.

The audit was conducted in 23 districts and 254 blocks of the state between April 27 and May 7, covering 4,428 families for three types of food safety schemes: Public Distribution System (PDS), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) or Anganwadi centre, and the Mid-Day Meal plan (MDM).

The report was submitted to the respective departments on Thursday.

The audit assumes significance since this is the first such inspection done by the Social Audit Unit (SAU) on PDS — FIRs have been initially registered against several PDS dealers after complaints of irregularities in grain distribution.

The report said that besides the Covid-19 pandemic, “hunger is a major community issue faced by migrant workers and other vulnerable communities”. It reported that a “large population of Jharkhand is affected by poverty”.

SAU state coordinator Gurjeet Singh said, “Though a large number of eligible families are getting benefits of food security schemes, the small percentage not getting it might be most vulnerable.”

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The Indian Express, 28 June, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/in-jharkhand-social-audit-finds-nearly-half-the-people-didnt-get-full-lockdown-ration-6479706/


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