State Government of Maharashtra for first time invokes MCOCA against ration mafia [ Current Affairs ]


State Government of Maharashtra has launched stringent provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against ration mafia. Launching aim at weeding out the widespread corruption by taking stringent action against those who tamper the public distribution system (PDS) mechanism.

  • The first case was registered against five persons from Nashik for allegedly being ration mafia who was involved in the pilferage of food grains meant for PDS.
  • The accused were involved in the infamous Surgana scam which had misappropriated nearly 3,500 metric tonnes (MT) of food grain supplied under the PDS to the tribal-dominated Surgana region of Nasik.
  • Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was enacted by Maharashtra state in 1999 to combat organised crime and terrorism in the state.
  • Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was inadequate to curb or control the menace of organised crime and enacted to remove drawbacks of existing legal framework.

- Published on: June 8, 2015