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Seeking a solution: Labour Welfare Minister T.M. Anbarasan receiving petitions at the grievances redress meeting organised by the Civil Supplies Department at Pallavaram on Saturday.
Seeking a solution: Labour Welfare Minister T.M. Anbarasan receiving petitions at the grievances redress meeting organised by the Civil Supplies Department at Pallavaram on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

Meetings organised in 14 zones of Civil Supplies Department

Chennai: Ever since the Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department launched the grievance redress meeting series four months ago, officials have been flooded with a deluge of applications for ration cards from residents. This was evident once again when the meetings were held across the city and its suburbs on Saturday.

A Civil Supplies official said that some of the new card applications were submitted by joint families that lived in one house but wanted another card for the son or daughter’s family, mainly to get extra LPG connections.

Now that the State government has said that ration cards are not required for applying for new LPG connections or refills, the demand for new cards may come down a bit, he said.

Grievance meetings were organised in 14 zones of the Civil Supplies Department and demand for new cards dominated the petitions. The seven zones under the Deputy Commissioner of Civil Supplies (North) received 994 petitions, including 765 applications for new cards. The seven zones in the south received 1,699 petitions, including 1,107 applications for new cards. Most of the other petitions were related to address change or corrections in the ration cards.

In the Mylapore zone of the Civil Supplies Department, several fishermen families came to submit applications, as the meeting was held in Mullikuppam in Srinivasapuram. Minor corrections were dealt with on the spot.

About 480 applications across north and south zones were dealt with on the spot.

In Tambaram zone, the meeting was held at Government Higher Secondary School in Anakaputhur. Tambaram MLA S.R. Raja inaugurated the meeting.

A group of residents from West Tambaram showed officials the rice they had purchased from a fair price shop. The rice had a fairly large content of small stones and dust particles.

Officials assured the residents that steps would be taken to ensure that quality rice is supplied to the family card holders.

In Pallavaram, Labour Welfare Minister and Alandur MLA T.M.Anbarasan inaugurated the meeting at Maraimalai Adigal Higher Secondary School. Ever since the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam came to power, 8,000 new ration cards were issued in Alandur constituency alone. Municipal Chairman E.Karunanidhi said corrections sought by the residents in the ration cards were made immediately.

There were a section of residents, who complained that though they had applied for new cards in the earlier meetings, they were yet to receive them.

Officials said that though they received several application forms, they issued new cards only to eligible residents.

The application forms were processed, details verified and incomplete and ineligible forms rejected, they said, adding that the process of despatching new cards was on.

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