Aadhaar card linking has mitigated 65L bogus ration card holders: Harsh Gupta

The linking of Aadhaar card numbers with the ration cards has helped the Department of Food and Civil Supplies to weed out 65 lakh bogus ration cards across the state, said Secretary to the department, Harsh Gupta.

Addressing media persons after chairing a progress review meeting here in the city on Sunday, he said, “Aadhaar linking process has been completed, out of the 4.10 crore ration card holders, 3.40 crore had been linked to Aadhaar numbers. Several measures initiated by the department to check pilferage in the public distribution system have helped in saving 35 metric tonnes of food grains.

“Though there had been an increase in the number of LPG connections, around 90 lakh families were still getting kerosene under the earlier scheme and many had not disclosed their LPG connections,” he added.

“According to the data available with oil marketing companies, 99 % of the households in Mysuru district have LPG connection, while majority of the houses in Bengaluru Urban and Rural have gas connections. In order to prevent pilferage, subsidised kerosene (blue) was not being sold at the shops selling non-subsidised kerosene (white),” Gupta added.

He said, “The department has listed out the names of 210 people who have no gas connection to bring them under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUJ), launched with the objective of providing LPG connections to families below the poverty line. While the Centre gives free LPG connection, the state government will provide them gas stove with two burners.”

Deputy Commissioner D Randeep, Deputy Director for Food and Civil Supplies K Rameshwarappa were present.