Four Mangalore One centres will be processing applications for issuing new ration cards and also those for carrying out corrections.

Deputy Director of Food and Civil Supplies C.S. Sharanabasappa said the department wanted to create more centres in the city to reduce the rush at the biometric data collecting centres that are processing the applications.

Mangalore One has been a one-stop shop for many of the services of the government. “We want to make use of the facilities at these centres. Required permission from the government is being taken,” Mr. Sharanabasappa said, and added a formal announcement will be made in the next few days.

The Mangalore One centres are located on M.G. Road (Corporation Building), in Kadri Mallikatta, Light House Hill Road and in Surathkal.

These centres have been handling, among others, payment of house tax, BSNL landline and mobile bills, electricity bill and KSRTC bus reservation. Mr. Sharanabasappa said Mangalore One centres will operate as bio-photo centres. Services at Mangalore One and at the biometric data collecting centres for ration cards will be available only on appointment, he said.

The Deputy Director said that of the 19,000 applications received online till July, the Food and Civil Supplies Department had dispatched as many 3,500 ration cards.

Verification had been completed in about 300 cases and cards would be issued shortly.

Rice distribution

Mr. Sharanabasappa said so far there had not been any problems in the distribution of rice to below poverty line families in the State at a rate of Rs. 1 per kg under the Anna Bhagya scheme.

As many as 1.79 lakh BPL card holders are covered in the scheme in the district. He said all the ration shops had taken the quantity required and distribution was on in full swing. He said the district had stock of boiled, white rice and wheat necessary for distribution in August. About 3,500 tonnes of boiled rice, 2,400 tonnes of white rice and 4,400 tonnes of wheat was in stocks.