Jharkhand minister says Aadhaar not mandatory to collect ration after 11-year-old dies of starvation

Jamshedpur: The Jharkhand government on Saturday said Aadhaar card was not mandatory to collect food grains from the public distribution system after a 11-year-old girl allegedly died of starvation.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Local activists had alleged that the girl died of starvation on 28 September after her family was denied ration for the want of an Aadhar-linked ration card.

"Aadhaar card is not mandatory. Any card, including a driver's license and voter ID card or any specified card, is permissible for procuring food grains," the state's food minister Saryu Roy said.

A toll free number – 1800 212 55 12 – had been set up to lodge complaints regarding ration distribution, Roy said, adding that grain banks would also be set up in every block. Meanwhile, a fresh probe announced by Chief Minister Raghubar Das on 17 October had found that the girl died of malaria, officials said.

The first probe by a three-member team, which was constituted on 6 October, also examined the case and found the girl died of malaria, they said.

Updated Date: Oct 21, 2017 13:36 PM

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