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Supreme Court asks the government to give details about actions taken to curb black money

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Black moneyNew Delhi: Supreme Court asked the Central government to give details regarding the actions taken on special investigation team’s (SIT) recommendations to curb black money.

A bench comprising of Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justices Madan B Lokur and A K Sikri asked attorney general Mukul Rohatgi on Thursday: “What is the fate of these recommendations by the Supreme Court-appointed SIT? The Centre will tell us about it in the next hearing on October 28,” according to a report in Times of India.

The SIT had suggested many recommendations to curb black money in its third report submitted to SC in May. The recommendations include making acceptance of cash by educational institutions a punishable offense, making inclusion of donor PAN number with large donations to charitable organizations compulsory, curbing illegal betting in cricket through enacting appropriate rules and regulations, and banning bulk transactions in cash.

The Central government will have to respond to SC with details of the actions taken by it to implement these recommendations on 28-October.

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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)