In a bid to detect bogus ration cards and stop pilferage of food grains in fair price shops, the Department of Food and Civil Supplies has introduced various schemes and programmes that would benefit the public, said minister for food, civil supplies and consumer affairs U T Khader.
Addressing at a press meet organised here in the city on Thursday, Khader said, “The state government has introduced food coupons, coupon codes and IVRS-based coupon programmes which would allow the ration card holders to buy food grains and kerosene from fair price outlets in a transparent manner. “We have already introduced bar-coded coupon system for ration cards linked to Aadhaar number and the cardholders can obtain coupons to procure food items and kerosene.
The coupon system is a continuous process and the cardholders need not panic. Coupon system will help the government to plug pilferage of food grains and kerosene. In the new bio coupon system, cardholders can use the coupon to buy ration from any one of the nearest fair price shops or dealers.
“As there is a lot of irregularities in distribution of BPL cards to families which were not below the poverty line and it was found that the irregularities were due to certain existing criteria, defining the status of a family as BPL or Above Poverty Line (APL), the government has simplified the procedure regarding obtaining a ration card. Earlier, a person had to fulfil 14 criterion to get a ration card but now, it has been simplified and brought down to four,” he added.
Cash prize for public who detect bogus cards:
The minister said that public who give information on bogus cards would be given a cash prize of Rs 400 and also those who give information on illegal food grains stored by the fair price shops will be awarded.
In-charge DC Venkatesh, Deputy Directorm Department of Food and Civil Supplies, K Rameshwarappa and others were present.