'Camera, biometric machines ready in 193 GPs'

Availability of food grains in ration shops should be published in newspapers: DC

Deputy Commissioner Dr N S Channappa Gowda directed the officials to ensure that the ration shops function for 20 days from 6th of every month, barring public holidays.

Speaking at a district-level vigilance committee meeting on Monday, he said the information on availability of food grains in ration shops should be published in newspapers. 

Food and Civil Supplies department Deputy Director Sharana Basappa said that boiled rice will be supplied to the card holders depending on  the availability of the rice. The people of Dakshina Kannada have been demanding boiled rice for the last several years.

Zilla Panchayat President K T Shailaja Bhat said “BPL cards should be issued to the eligible beneficiaries. The ration shops should respond to the needs of the ration card holders.”

Sharana Basappa said that camera and biometric machines have been installed in 193 gram panchayats.

The machines have not been installed in seven gram panchayats in Bantwal, two in Mangalore and one in Sullia taluks. However, the machines will be installed in all the gram panchayats by the month end.

“Once the machines are installed, those who have applied for ration cards online, can visit their respective gram panchayat to get photographs and collect the ration cards.

Franchises have been opened in city limits, to click the photographs for the ration cards. BPL ration cards will be issued to those who have applied online by month end,” he said.

The food and civil supplies department has suspended the receiving of online applications for the time being, he said.

He said that boiled rice is being supplied to schools for the mid-day meals.

The meeting was attended by Zilla Panchayat Vice-President Dhanalakshmi Janardhan, Mangalore Mayor Gulzar Banu, Deputy Mayor Amithakala and others.

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