In a nationwide crackdown on bogus ration card holders, over 2.8 crore ineligible ration cards have been deleted from July 2006 till now in different parts of the country, Parliament was informed today. Maximum 59.67 lakh bogus ration cards were deleted in West Bengal during the period, Food and Public Distribution minister K V Thomas said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

Number of fake ration cards removed from the list were also high in Maharashtra (42.20 lakh), Andhra Pradesh (27.27 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (24.97 lakh) and Delhi (16.32 lakh), the minister said.

Among state/UTs the numbers were very less in Arunachal Pradesh (0.05 lakh), Assam (0.56 lakh), Haryana (0.03 lakh), Himachal Pradesh (0.02 lakh), Jharkhand (0.65 lakh), Uttarakhand (0.16 lakh), he said.

The number of bogus ration card holders was 16 in Puducherry, 114 in Kerala, 341 in Meghalaya and 300 in Lashadweep island, Thomas added.

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