Haryana suspends licence of ration depot holder who forced customers to buy national flag to get provisions
Authorities in Haryana’s Karnal district on Wednesday suspended the licence of a ration depot holder after he was found forcing people to buy the national flag and telling them they won’t be given the provisions otherwise.
“A ration depot holder at Hemda village was selling the flags stating if they don’t buy the ration at the rate of Rs 20, they won’t be given the supplies. As soon as the matter came to the knowledge of the district administration, his licence was suspended with immediate effect,” Karnal deputy commissioner Anish Yadav said in a statement.
Yadav also said authorities must be informed immediately if anybody misleads people in this way. “For the convenience of the public, the district administration has provided 88,400 flags for ration depot holders. As per willingness, anyone can take the flag at the rate of Rs 20. Nobody needs to be misled,” he said.
When local media persons went to Hemda village Monday, the ration depot holder admitted that he was charging Rs 20 for a flag.
The depot holder told the media persons: “I have made it clear that the flag will cost Rs 20 as there are orders from the government. We have to deposit the money (charged in lieu of the flags). We won’t give rations to those who will not buy a flag at the rate of Rs 20. The (department) inspector has issued directions that (purchase) of the flag is mandatory for those who are taking ration. We have to follow the orders of the government.”
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