In a statement released on Thursday, the center said it contacted the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade, which dismissed such reports as baseless.

The Supply Ministry explained that removing any citizen from the ration card system is carried out in accordance with specific and accurate criteria.

The ministry pointed out that it currently works on refining the lists of ration card holders to ensure that subsidies go only to the truly deserving.

The ministry appealed to mass media outlets and social media users to seek accuracy and objectivity and communicate with the bodies concerned before publishing any fake information that could spark public discontent.