Failure in Aadhaar linking leads to ration supply cut

MYSURU: The department of food and civil supplies deputy director Ka Rameshwarappasaid they have stopped supplying ration to nearly two lakh people in the district who have still not linked their Aadhaar with ration cards.

Taking part in a phone-in programme hosted by Vijaya Karnataka here on Thursday, he said the department had requested consumers multiple times to link their Aadhaar with the card.

“About 17.40 lakh people out of the 20 lakh in the district have done it. Aadhaar has become mandatory after digitization. Linking the two documents makes our work more effective. Those who have done it currently get SMS based eligibility list and required codes every month,” he said.

Vigilance committee

Many people from rural and urban areas had complained about inefficacy and poor services, and lack of punctuality of fair price shops.

Rameshwarappa said they have formed a vigilance committee per shop, comprising card holders of the same shop, to monitor these issues. He said the shops were asked to conduct ‘Ahara Adalath’ every month to address customer grievances, but the shops continue to ignore the instruction.

Meanwhile, Mysuru rural resident Basavaraju complained that fair price shops are demanding excess amounts to provide ration. Rameshwarappa instructed officials to verify the issue and take action immediately.

Another resident SP Vijay said, “I had applied for a new APL card a year ago, but I am yet to get any response from the department.” Rameshwarappa said new card distribution drive will starts from January 2017. “Those who want APL cards can only apply online and only Aadhar is required for the process. The new card will reach people at their doorsteps,” he said.

“BPL card aspirants should submit documents of electricity bill, Aadhaar and residential proof. They can get new cards within the seven days under Sakala scheme,” he added.
Change problem

He said the department was also hit by demonetization. “As per the directives of Food and Civil Supplies minister, we had given November and December rations on loan basis. The department will shortly give cash coupons to customers to reduce the change problems,” he said.