Information on bogus cards may also be dropped in a drop box

The district administration will launch an exercise to weed out bogus white ration cards, estimated to be anywhere between 60,000 and 70,000, and has a set a deadline of August 10 for voluntary surrender. Failure to do so and the detection of bogus cards in a survey later will attract punishment, Joint Collector Praveen Kumar said.

Drop boxes

Drop boxes would be set up at fair price shops, tehsildar and circle offices to facilitate surrender of cards in the name of the ineligible, the dead and migrants as well as those having more than one card. Information on bogus cards may also be dropped in the box. After a scrutiny, those ineligible for white cards would be issued pink cards, the Joint Collector told a meeting of fair price shop dealers and Civil Supplies officials. While fair price shops should display banners on the drive, meetings should be held at mandal headquarters on Monday.

The number of white ration cards and population ratio showed that the district had up to 1 lakh bogus cards.

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