In the past year, nearly 52 lakh ration cards were cancelled: Jeevaraj

The State government has rejected more than 1.18 lakh applications seeking ration cards in Gulbarga and Yadgir districts.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister D.N. Jeevaraj, in a written reply to a question by Allamprabhu Patil (Congress) in the Legislative Council, said that while 93,591 applications seeking ration cards were rejected in Gulbarga district, another 25,250 applications were rejected in Yadgir district.

A total of 1,72,027 and 58,890 applications were received for ration cards in Gulbarga and Yadgir districts respectively. So far, in Gulbarga district, 9,372 new ration cards had been distributed, and another 14,606 ration cards were ready for distribution.

He said another 30,118 applications had been processed, and they were awaiting approval from officials in Gulbarga district. A total of 23,622 applications had been kept pending, as photographs and biometric details of applicants were needed. Another 659 applications were awaiting changes as requested by applicants.

In Yadgir district, 7,141 new ration cards had been distributed and another 8,835 were ready for distribution. The Minister said that 11,441 applications were in the approval stage and 5,501 were being processed. Seven hundred applications were awaiting changes as requested by applicants. Mr. Jeevaraj promised that the pending applications would be cleared at the earliest.

Measures

The Minister said in the past year, nearly 52 lakh ration cards had been cancelled. Also, photo and biometric details had been made compulsory for obtaining ration cards. These measures had resulted in curbing misuse of the ration cards to an extent, he said.

Social Welfare Minister A. Narayanaswamy said 1,21,452 students belonging to the Scheduled Castes had been housed in 1,227 pre-matric and 490 post-matric hostels in the State. Another 11,631 students belonging to Scheduled Tribes had been housed in136 pre-matric and 52 post-matric hostels. The State government had earmarked Rs. 218.32 crore for increasing infrastructure in hostels for Scheduled Caste students, and Rs. 37 crore for those housing Scheduled Tribe students.


  • 1,72,027 and 58,890 applications received in Gulbarga and Yadgir districts respectively

  • ‘Photo and biometric details have been made compulsory for obtaining ration cards’


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