Process of issuing ration cards simplified
‘Problems related to issue of coupons being streamlined’
Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer affair U T Khader said that the State government has simplified the process of issuing ration cards.
Above poverty line (APL) families can generate a temporary ration card online sitting at their homes. If they choose to get a permanent ration card, it will be delivered to them by speed post and they must collect it by paying fees of Rs 100 to the postman, he added.
“As people were facing difficulties in getting ration cards, the department came up with the plan to provide temporary cards which enables them to avail the services from the department. However, on applying for a permanent ration card, it will be delivered within 15 days through India Post. The government has taken this measure to prevent the menace of middlemen and to check corruption”, the minister stated.
Mr Khader said, in urban areas, people can submit their applications through City Corporation while in rural areas the applications have to be submitted to the gram panchayats.
“Karnataka is the first State to get the service under sakala scheme. The parameters to issue below poverty line (BPL) ration card have been relaxed. Ration card seekers would not be insisted to pay the taxes due. Even families using power up to 150 units, having vehicles, those owning a house built in 1000 sq ft in urban areas(irrespective of the size of the house in rural areas)can avail below poverty line cards, Village accountants will verify the applications and finally, the cards will be issued within 15 days. Rs. 70 has been fixed as fees to issue BPL cards”, he informed.
The minister informed that the department has cancelled 8.5 lakh bogus ration cards following which 4,000 truck loads pilferage of food grains has been stooped per month.