Joint Collector Ahmed Babu has announced that Aadhar-linked rationing programme with biometric system (Public Distribution system) has been stepped up in seven mandals of Rampachodavaram Division and called upon bankers to cooperate with the government in implementing the programme.

Addressing officials on Saturday, the Joint Collector reviewed arrangements for paddy purchasing centres in mandals, ration cards by linking with Aadhar and opening of bank accounts along with phone numbers.

He said cash benefits of different welfare schemes of the government would be directly transferred to the beneficiary bank account through Aadhar UID number.

He said they had launched ration distribution through biometric system in Gollaprolu mandal in the district and after its successful implementation, they were extending this facility to all mandals in the district.

He asked Tahasildars to issue ration cards and open zero balance accounts with phone numbers for beneficiaries.

He asked bankers to take interest in matching the accounts that were brought to their bank through Mandal Revenue Officerss.

On the issue of paddy procurement in the division, Mr. Babu said the actual target was 38,821 metric tonnes, but due to Neelam cyclone effect they were expecting a yield of only 29,000 metric tonnes now .

The Joint Collector asked Agriculture Deputy Director Ramarao to initiate action against Addateegala Agriculture Assistant Director Nagamanemma who was absent from attending the training programme.

Crop loans disbursed

Meanwhile, member of the Rajya Sabha T. Ratnabai and MLA K.K. Viswanath disbursed crop loans of a total of Rs.1.20 crore to 472 tribal farmers in Devipatnam mandal for 580 acres of the district .

They also distributed input subsidy of Rs.77.80 lakh to 282 farmers in Indukurupeta mandal, who had lost crops in last year’s floods.

  • Bankers urged to cooperate in implementing the programme

  • Arrangements for paddy purchasing centres reviewed