In a bid to ensure that essential commodities reach the right person and the entitlement was not misused, the government is planning to issue Aadhar number-based Smart Cards to all the BPL families to avail rations through Fair Price Shops, Civil Supplies Minister D. Sreedhar Babu informed the Assembly on Wednesday.
Replying to question by Adala Prabhakara Reddv (Congress) and others, he described it as an “innovative proposition” in which the biometrics would be captured of all the members covered in the ration card. Any member of the family whose finger prints were captured could go to the FPS and by matching the finger prints on Point of Sale (PoS) terminals, ration would be released.
Mr. Sreedhar Babu said the Smart Card project was being implemented on a pilot basis in seven districts—Srikakulam, East Godavari, Chittoor, Anantapur, Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad and Adilabad. Eventually the Smart Card would be converted into a multi-purpose card for availing the services of other utilities, including Aarogyasri and fee reimbursement. The entire process would be completed in a year and would be a model project for other States, he added.
On bogus ration cards, he said information was being collected and it would be posted on the website. Referring to the allegation of TDP member G. Muddukrishnama Naidu about irregularities in the selection of the agencies, he said the vendor enlistment was done by the Centre through global tenders and State had no role in it. However, the State government through negotiations saved Rs.30 to Rs.40 crore the exchequer in rates fixation. Urging the member not to make wild allegations, he said lapses if any would be examined.
Replying to another question, Marketing Minister Mukesh Goud said that 106 Rythu Bazars were functioning in the State at present and 14 more would be started soon.