Aadhaar Card Not Must For Digital Ration Card In HP

Shimla, Feb 17 (PTI) Aadhaar card would not be a mandatory condition for obtaining digital ration cards, Himachal Pradesh minister G S Bali said today.

People in the state have been asked to verify their details that have been digitised by the Food and Civil Supplies Department and the bank account details are also being collected.

If any person gets Aadhaar number later on, it could be included into the database, he said.

The Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs minister said the Centre has asked the states to either provide foodgrains or give cash subsidy to the beneficiaries of public distribution system (PDS).

The state government is not in favour of cash subsidy under PDS and would carry on with the practice of providing foodgrains to consumers through implementation of point of sale machines, Bali said.