“Until they repay me,” he said, “I keep their ration card.”
Quoted from a NY Times Article from an Indian money lender who sometimes has ration cards for food assistance to as many as 150 families who owe him money. The money lender uses the card to buy cheap grain with government support then resell it for the regular price, while his borrowers starve.
I'm not sure there is an easy solution or if the ability to borrow against your government assistance is always a bad thing, although in this case it is.
Thanks Dad for the article