TN govt says only official tokens will be entertained at ration shops

Responding to the plea moved by the DMK seeking to restrain the issue of tokens by AIADMK party men for distribution of state announced Pongal gifts, the Advocate General Vijay Narayan assured the Madras High Court that a circular would be issued directing ration shops to entertain only the official tokens issued by the Civil Supplies Department and not by any political party.

Recording the submission that the circular would be issued by Thursday evening, a vacation bench comprising Justice R Mahadevan and Justice Anita Sumanth permitted DMK’s counsel P Wilson to make a mention if the circular is not issued at the said date for getting orders from the court.

While the DMK showed photos and videos to the judges about tokens printed with photographs of AIADMK Ministers making it seem as if they are providing the Pongal gift and not the state, Advocate General produced plain tokens that are being issued by the Civil Supplies Department.

He said these tokens alone will be entertained at the ration shops and the tokens cited by the DMK, ought to have been put by some enthusiastic AIADMK volunteers.

The main opposition DMK Wednesday moved the Madras High Court against the alleged involvement of ruling AIADMK cadres in distributing the Pongal cash and gift announced by the State government. The petition was filed by DMK MP R S Bharathi.

In the petition, Bharathi stated that since the AIADMK cadres are distributing the tokens, many people will not receive it.

‘It is also wrong that the AIADMK leaders’ photos are present in the token which is distributed by the government. These tokens should not be distributed and new ones without the leaders’ photo should be given to the ration card holders. The Court must also ensure that only the employees of the fair price shops are involved in distribution of the tokens.’