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Action plan to complete distribution of new ration cards

Kerala government has prepared an action plan to complete the distribution of new photo affixed ration cards by August 31, Civil Supplies and Food minister C Divakaran told the assembly today.

india Updated: Jul 23, 2010 14:29 IST

Kerala government has prepared an action plan to complete the distribution of new photo affixed ration cards by August 31, Civil Supplies and Food minister C Divakaran told the assembly on Frdiay.

Replying to a calling attention by A P Abdullakutty (Cong), the Minister said more than 6.85 lakh new applications received were now pending in various offices for clearance.

Government had already distributed 68 lakh new ration cards in place of old ones.

Close examination of documents submitted by applicants, as per the directive of Centre, had also caused some delay in the administrative process for the distribution of photo affixed ration cards, he said.

He said all the pending applications would be cleared by August 31.

Divakaran said government would also examine the request of Abdullakutty to accept applications for ration cards, which was stopped by the department in view of the pending applications.

Taking up the issue, Abdullakutty said delay in getting new ration cards have caused hardship to commonman as ration card has become one of the main document for gettings benefits of government sponsored schemes and even for applying for passports.

Replying to another calling attention, Law Minister M Vijayakumar informed the House that instructions were given to Range Inspector General Police officials, Superintendent of Police and City Commissioners to expediate the process of releasing motor vehicles seized by police in connection with offences.

Steps also would be taken to speed up the cases of vehicles seized by police in court, he said adding if necessary government would bring in a legislation to dispose the vehicles seized by police.

In his calling attention, A A Aeezez (RSP) wanted government to chalk out an alternative system to avoid the accumulation and resultant destruction of vehicles seized by police in various cases in the state.