Linking of EPIC number with ration cards fails to take off

 The state government has extended the deadline for linking  Elector’s Photo Identity Card (EPIC) number with ration card number, to July 31. All those BPL, APL, and Antyodaya ration card holders should link their EPIC  number with the ration cards.

All those members in the family who are above 21 years should furnish their EPIC card number with the department of Food and Civil Supplies.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Food and Civil Supplies Deputy Director Chandrakanth Nayak said scheme had been launched during the second week of May in a bid to weed out bogus ration cards and fake beneficiaries.

For existing card holders type RCMOB followed by a space and ration card number, then send this sms to the number 9212357123 for registration.

After the registration, type RCEPIC followed by a space and EPIC card number and send sms to  9212357123. All the names in the ration card should be registered. Those who fail to send the SMS before July 31, such ration cards will be suspended.

There are 1.42 lakh families in Kodagu district, of which 1.41 families possess ration cards. However, only 500 to 600 ration cards have been linked. Owing to poor mobile networks, the registration was not possible, he added.

Nayak said that awareness programme will be organised in every gram panchayat.

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