This Pancha'tantra' will weed out illegal ration cards

The govt has fixed a months time for officials to complete project

The number of people getting illegal cards is on the rise, which has turned out to be a big headache for the government and also department of food and civil supplies to weed out the illegal cards.

Those who are really eligible for BPL cards are being denied of the benefits due to this and there are many in above poverty line opting for BPL cards.

Hence computerisation of ration cards are being take up to weed out the illegal cards from the ineligible.

The panchatantra project is being implemented at 120 gram panchayats in the district and the process of verifying the card number with the property documents and tax related documents has begun.

According to statistics, the number of cards including anthyodaya, BPL, APL and cards issued from Nemmadi Kendras are 2,75,272.

Till now, 96,000 cards have been computerised out of which 133 have been detected illegal.

The government has given a months time for the department of food and civil supplies to complete the project. A complete report has to be submitted within the stipulated time. But, while some gram  panchayats lack computer facility, some lack internet connections.

Revenue

According to norms only those who reside in the villages are eligible to ration cards, but there are many who migrate to other towns in search of job but still possess cards.

As they do not pay revenue to the gram panchayat, they are treated as ineligible in the scheme. Moreover, those beneficiaries who have revenue dues should pay them immediately to make their cards valid. This in a way is making the gram panchayats richer.

The department is also verifying the cards which have the same house number and both husband and wife possessing two different cards.

In such cases, additional cards would be cancelled, upon verification. The state government has given one month time to computerise the cards under panchatantra scheme and training has begun for the employees. The illegal cards would be cancelled after the process is complete said deputy director district food and civil supplies Dr S E Mahadevappa.

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