Staff Correspondent

Process of issuing computerised ration cards on a temporary basis completed

  • According to the 2001 Census, the district has 3.36 lakh families
  • Two lakh complain about discrepancies in ration cards

    Raichur: The demand for ration cards from the families living below the poverty line (BPL) continues in the district even as the district administration has completed the process of issuing computerised ration cards on a temporary basis to all categories of families, including those BPL, beneficiaries under the Antyodaya scheme and APL.

    According to the 2001 Census, the district has 3.36 lakh families in all its five taluks, including 1.33 lakh yellow cardholders, 60,279 beneficiaries under the Antyodaya scheme and 1.42 lakh above poverty line families.

    But in its recent survey, the district administration identified 3.69 lakh families from all categories in the district when it decided to distribute new ration cards. Of which, it identified 3.65 lakh families, including 1.66 lakh BPL families, 60,279 beneficiaries under the Antyodaya scheme and 1.38 lakh APL families, who are eligible to receive ration cards. According to fresh survey, the number of BPL families in the district has increased by 33,141, compared with the 2001 Census taking the total BPL families to 1.66 lakh.

    People complained that the recent survey conducted by the district administration had done injustice to many BPL families denying their rights to get benefits under various schemes implemented by the Government, besides getting benefits under the public distribution system. On the other, the temporary cards issued to the APL families were found with several mistakes in respect of house numbers and address and names of the

    In the last 20 days, two lakh families had lodged petitions with the Department of Food and Civil Supplies here complaining of issuing APL cards to the beneficiaries identified under the BPL group and lack of proper house address and names of family members in respect of both BPL and APL groups.

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