7,551 applications get nod for BPL ration cards in DK

The officials from the Department of Food and Civil Supplies and the Gram Panchayat PDOs have recommended 7,551 applications for BPL ration cards, after verification of documents in Dakshina Kannada district.

As many as 17,023 online applications seeking BPL rration cards were received by the department, since November 18.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Food and Civil Supplies Deputy Director Sharanabasappa said that the officials have verified all the applications which the department had received for BPL ration cards in the district.

He said the officials have completed the process of verifying the documents of the applicants by visiting the houses. Now, the applicants have to visit the franchise or the gram panchayat to click the photographs and get the BPL cards.

“The applicants have to produce the income certificate at the franchise. Once the income certificate is feeded into the computer, then the office gets a message and the card is generated automatically,” he said.

In urban areas, as many as 4,531 applications were received by the department, of which, 1,743 were recommended for the APL cards and 991 for the BPL cards and 1,798 were rejected.

In rural areas, the department has received 12,492 applications seeking BPL ration cards. After verification, the officials have recommended 4,914 for APL ration cards, 6,560 for BPL ration cards and 1,018 were rejected.

“The applications were rejected as many had applied for the ration cards more than once, some had more than one ration cards in their name,” he said.

He said web cameras have been installed in five gram panchayats in each taluk. At the same time, 35 franchises have web cameras and biometric machines. The district will get additional 60 cameras and biometric machines shortly.

He said “after the verification of the documents, SMS will be sent to the mobilephone of the applicant, to visit the neighbouring franchise to click the photograph and biometric details.

As many as 1,200 ration cards have already been printed and 700 have been distributed among the beneficiaries,” he added.

The rate fixed for photography and finger print biometric collection in the photo center is minimum Rs 20 upto four members and Rs 5, for each additional member.

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