With only 30 lakh Aadhaar cards seeded with ration cards and the deadline of March 31 just round the corner, the district administration is expected to cancel 1.25 to1.5 lakh ration cards listed in the category “dead or shifted beneficiaries”.
The district with 16 lakh ration cards has nearly 51 lakh beneficiaries. The department has covered 60 per cent of them but with another 21 lakh beneficiaries to be covered, the administration is set to carry out the exercise in three categories—the total number of Aadhaar cards collected for the exercise and yet to be seeded with ration cards, the number of Aadhaar cards yet to be collected and the number of beneficiaries who are not alive or have shifted. A meeting convened under the District Collector on Sunday to assess the status of seeding of ration card has seen that there are 21 lakh ration cards to be completed and the administration is set to link 10 lakh ration cards. “In the next 15 days, we should cover 5-6 lakh and those whose names have figured in dead or shifted beneficiaries, may face cancellation of ration cards,” said District Collector Saurabh Rao. However, he added that in case of cancellation, the person can enroll again if he wishes to do so. The administration has asked the fair price shopkeepers to get the forms filled up with the Aadhaar numbers.
The entire effort to link ration cards with Aadhaar cards is to weed out bogus beneficiaries. Earlier, the state was given time till December 31 last year to digitise date on food procurement system, godowns, ration cards, supply chain and open transparency portals inorder to seed Aadhaar card data. The new deadline now is March 2016. The centre is aiming big on Aadhaar-based biometric authentication which it plans to roll out at all fair price shops across the country by year-end.