Even as the government, bureaucrats, and NGOs are making sure that no one goes hungry during the coronavirus lockdown, some people might be trying to take advantage of the situation.
One Chand Mohammad from Khanpura in Ajmer in Rajasthan yesterday called the District level control room and asked for help with food and rations. Additional District Collector Heeralal Meena said that as the district administration was readying itself to supply food to the man, he called again, this time claiming he was dying of hunger, and asked if the food would reach him once he was dead. The district administration took his complaint seriously, and district officials rushed to his house.
But when officials reached Chand Mohammad’s house, they discovered that he had adequate supplies of food supplies. He had barrels full of atta, and the fridge was full of chicken and other food products. The district administration officials said that the man owned a motor cycle, gas connection a fridge and a cooler, and the hosuehold seemed to be reasonably well off.
This isn’t the first time that a family has called up officials asking for supplies during the coronavirus lockdown, only for officials to discover that their homes were well stocked. In UP, another family had made a similar call, only for the police to find the house full of food.
Zee News now reports that the district administration has said that Chand Mohammad will now be charged under the appropriate provisions of the Disaster Act of 2005.