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Jaipur: Rajasthan’s Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested five people and detained an IAS officer of principal secretary rank under corruption charges on Wednesday, an official said.

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“So far, we have arrested five people in a corruption case related to mines. Ashok Singhvi, Rajasthan’s principal secretary for mines and petroleum, has been detained. A search is going on in his premises and eventually he is also likely to be arrested,” ACB Inspector General Dinesh MN said.

Earlier in the day, the ACB arrested five people from Udaipur and Bhilwara districts, including two officials of the mines department, for taking bribe of Rs.2.55 crore for re-starting six mines closed by the department due to various reasons.

The arrested people were Pankaj Gehlot, additional director for mines in Udaipur, Pushkar Raj Amte, senior mining engineer in Bhilwara district, and middlemen Sanjay Sethi, Rashid Khan and Shyam Singh Singhvi.

With inputs from IANS

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Central Government to Launch ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ Scheme in a Bid to Curb Corruption

There will also be the creation of a Central Repository of all RCs which will help in checking duplication

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An Indian agency distributing ration. Wikimedia Commons

In a bid to curb corruption and dependence on one Public Distribution System (PDS) shop, the Central government will launch the ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme.

The scheme, according to Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan, will ensure that all beneficiaries especially migrants can access PDS across the nation from any shop of their own choice.

The Minister asserted that the biggest beneficiary of this will be those migrant labourers who move to other states to seek better job opportunities and will ensure their food security. “This will provide freedom to the beneficiaries as they will not be tied to any one PDS shop and reduce their dependence on shop owners and curtail instances of corruption,” the Ministry said in a statement.

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There will also be the creation of a Central Repository of all RCs which will help in checking duplication. Wikimedia Commons

It added that in the next two months, beneficiaries of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will be able to access the PDS shops. The objective of the department is to ensure that this is implemented nationally in a time bound manner.

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At present, the Integrated Management of PDS (IMPDS) is a system that is already operational in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Tripura wherein a beneficiary can avail his share of food grain from any district in the state. Other states have also assured that IMPDS will be implemented at the earliest, the statement said.

There will also be the creation of a Central Repository of all RCs which will help in checking duplication. (IANS)