Govt makes Aadhaar cards, Income certificates mandatory for subsidized ration

SRINAGAR, Dec 13: To ensure transparency in the distribution of ration under the National Food Safety Act (NFSA), the state government has decided to make Aadhaar cards and income certificate, issued by the Tehsildar, as mandatory for supplying the ration as per 2011 census.

A local news agency quoted a senior official of the CAPD department as saying that the said documents are necessary to overcome the duplicity while issuing the ration cards.

“The Aadhaar card is a unique identification proof and issuing the ration cards on the basis of these Aadhaar numbers will ensure transparency,” he said.

He further added “we are seeking the income certificates issued by the Tehsildars as only a revenue official concerned and, not a CAPD official, can ascertain the income of a family.”

Pertinently, population whose annual income is over Rs 25 lakhs will not avail NFSA benefits.

The official apprehends that a large number of families would be excluded but as per 2011 census, the population which will be eligible for the subsidized ration will increase manifold in comparison to 2001 census. As per the 2011 census, the population of the state was 1.25 crore, which is over 30 lakh more than the 2001 census.

However, when asked that most of the people are yet to get Aadhaar cards, the official said it is for them to take it up with the concerned authorities. “CAPD department has nothing to do with issuing Aadhaar cards. But yes we would certainly need it to ensure transparency while issuing new ration cards,” he said.