Landless Amal Biswas of Barunapol village alleged that beside the land property, Khokon also cultivates fish in 20 ponds and earns a lot.
Though the government took the initiative to allow ultra poor families to buy 30kg rice at Tk10 per kg a month during dry season under its fair price card programme, many solvent and well-off families have become the beneficiaries in four villages of the ward.
Allegations of various irregularities have arisen against a union parishad member of the ward named Dipak Roy, who was in the charge of preparing the list of people who got the cards.
Kamona Roy, wife of Dipak’s elder brother, Bobita Roy, wife of Dipak’s younger brother, and Dipak’s youngest brother Kumaresh Roy, who is a bachelor, have got the cards.
Ultra poor Gopal Biswas, Nepal Biswas and Ranjan Biswas at Norail village of the ward have alleged that many other ultra poor people like them have not got the cards, while people like Atosh Ali, who has 10-bigha land and sells 300 maunds rice a year, are enjoying the priviledge.
Even, Babar Ali, Nazmul and Jatan Biswas of another ward were allotted the cards, by which Dipak purchased rice, alleged people.
Wife of a Kuwati expatriate Jharna Begum at Narail village, whose son serves in Bangladesh Army, also got the card, claimed Shyamal Kanti, an ultr poor man of the village.
Joytun Begum of Jotkura village said Baby Begum and Mery Begum of the village were also allotted the fair price food cards though they already had Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) cards.
Landless Billal Hossain of Ramdia village said: “I went door to door for a food ration card but could not avail any.”
When our correspondent talked to Dipak about the allegations, admitting the facts he said it was a mistake to allot the cards to his family members.
He also said mistakenly the cards were given to solvent people, VGD card holders, people of another ward and several members of same family.
He also put the blame of including the names of another ward’s people in the list on Nasir Mia, a dealer of the union.
Nasir, however, refuted the allegation and said preparing the list was Dipak’s duty.
He was responsible for the irregularities, said Nasir.
Md Kamrul Hasan, assistant commissioner (land) of the upazila and also the upazila nirbahi officer (acting), said: “We are receiving such types of allegations from different areas and taking steps after checking the lists.”