If records at a fair price shop here are to be believed, Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez and Rani Mukherjee receive subsidised food grains distributed through ration cards.
A distributor at Sahabganj village in Qayamganj tehsil has names of these actors on the list of beneficiaries and ration is being taken on these names for quite a long time.
The matter came to light when villagers filed a complaint against the distributor and a probe was ordered, officials said.
In the registration form, several names of actors and their ‘spouses’ cropped up.
As per the list, Jacqueline’s “husband” is Sadhu Lal and Deepika’s spouse is Rakesh Chand. Similarly, Rani Mukherjee’s “husband” is Ram Swaroop, while Sonakshi is shown as married to Ramesh Chand.
Deepika is placed under ‘general’ category and others are shown as OBC members.
The district magistrate has ordered a probe into the alleged irregularity and directed the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Qayamganj to identify the guilty and take stern against them, official sources said today.
The website of the Food and Civil Supplies Department of Farrukhabad, which has issued these ration cards, shows Deepika’s digitised ration card no is 215920119259, while that of Jacqueline is 215920119257, Rani Mukherjee’s 215920119261, and Sonakshi’s 215920119256.
The fraudsters, who applied under the ‘Antoyadaya’ scheme, mentioned Rs 18,000 as the annual income of all the four.
Social activists, who raised the issue, said BPL and APL cards were meant to help the poor but they are being misused and issued under fictitious names.