The UT administration is all set to introduce cash distribution system for beneficiaries under the public distribution system (PDS) scheme.
Earlier, these beneficiaries were provided with foodgrains through the ration depots, but now, with the government introducing the cash disbursement instead of food grains, the administration will directly transfer the amount in the bank accounts of beneficiaries.
The decision is in sync with the Union government's direct cash transfer of food subsidy scheme to beneficiaries in Chandigarh and Puducherry on pilot basis.
It is pertinent that around 56,000 beneficiaries in Chandigarh would benefit through the scheme.
As of now, the government purchases foodgrains and pulses at some set rates, and then distribute it to the beneficiaries through the ration depots.
Confirming the development, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Danish Ashraf said, "We will introduce the cash disbursement system from April this year. Right now, we are preparing the details of the beneficiaries and their accounts. The cash will be transferred directly in the bank accounts linked with the Aadhaar Cards."
After the launch of new scheme, problems related to poor quality of grains or shortage of grains would be solved completely, he added.
The underprivileged people are identified and issued below poverty line ration cards by the food and supplies department. Against the card, one gets 35kgs of wheat and rice at rs 4.50 and rs 6.02 per kg every month.
To obtain a BPL ration card, the applicant is required to submit application form attested by a municipal councillor or village sarpanch, two passport size group family photographs, and an affidavit.