Rise in number of white cards in West Godavari

Staff Reporter

Data of urban areas belies apprehensions raised by Opposition

Computerised ration cards distributedThe number of white, pink, AAY and Annapurna together went down by 4,000Revenue personnel boycott functionTotal of 9.02 lakh cards proposed to be distributed to 7.63 lakh households

PEDAPADU: The number of white cards went up by nearly 20,000 in urban areas in West Godavari district after the distribution of computerised ration cards. The data to this effect was made public at a function held here on Wednesday in connection with the launch of distribution of computarised ration cards in rural areas by the District In-charge Minister B. Satyanarayana.

The spurt in the white cards meant for distribution of subsidised rice to the 'below poverty line' (BPL) families was contrary to the apprehensions raised by the Opposition parties that the exercise was intended to reduce the existing cards. The cards relating to Anna Yojana Antyodaya (AAY) too were increased by nearly 2,000 from 8,848 to 10,523.

Pink cards

However, the pink cards meant for 'above poverty line' (APL) families were reduced to a little over 56,000 as against 79,000 before the computerisation programme.

In all, the number of white, pink, AAY and Annapurna together went down by 4,000 to 2,03,849 from 2.07 lakh cards.

It may be recalled that the district administration had completed the process of distributing computerised cards in the Eluru Municipal Corporation (EMC) and seven other municipalities in the district.

In this backdrop, the official machinery set the stage for the first phase of computerised ration cards' distribution proposed in 23 mandals on Wednesday even as the revenue personnel boycotted it.

A total of 9.02 lakh cards were proposed to be distributed to over 7.63 lakh households covering a population of 30.5 lakh in all the 46 mandals in a phased manner.

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