ANDHRA PRADESH

Issue of ration cards tardy

Declaration in English major impediment

Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: The process of issuing ration cards to the eligible was started with much fanfare by the district administration on June 27, but even after one week, the work is moving at a snail's pace.

In the first three days, the authorities could issue only 17 ration cards in Guntur district.

Then there was the problem of the declaration form being printed only in the English language. Surprisingly, none of the officials in the numerous review meetings could anticipate the trouble with the language of declaration form.

In Repalle municipality, not even one Digital Photographic Centre (DLP) was started, complained the Mandal Revenue Officer at the review meeting held by the In-charge District Collector, Rahul Bojja, on Tuesday.

In Vinukonda, the computers meant for the DLP Centre were yet to reach the municipality even after a week of launching the programme, while software problems continue to plague the computers at Narsaraopet municipality. In Piduguralla municipality, the problem was different. The centre does not have three-phase electricity.

Mr. Rahul expressed his displeasure at the officials for their laxity in completing the work. He instructed them to form a minimum of ten teams in each municipality and cover as many people as they could in the shortest possible time. He wanted the Mandal Revenue officials to make a detailed schedule of areas to be covered for the next one week.

He instructed them to give wide publicity about the proposed areas to be covered on a particular day with the help of wall posters, pamphlets and local TV channels. Criminal cases would be booked for false declarations, he warned. He also set a target of 250-300 registrations per day for the issue of ration cards.

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