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Foodgrain to only actual beneficiaries under PDS

FOODGRAIN WILL now be made available to actual beneficiaries only under the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the State. Besides, bogus ration cards would soon be cancelled. Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Gopal Bhargava instructed officers to initiate action in this regard.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 15:25 IST

FOODGRAIN WILL now be made available to actual beneficiaries only under the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the State. Besides, bogus ration cards would soon be cancelled. Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Gopal Bhargava instructed officers to initiate action in this regard.

According to an official release, it has been instructed to finalise the list prepared according to the BPL survey in 2002-03 and to enforce it from 2006-07. The instructions said the ration cards to the consumers of APL, BPL and Antyodaya Scheme would be freshly issued on the basis of the survey list of rural areas. In urban areas, the BPL Survey list will be the basis of issuing the ration cards.

According to instructions, under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana the first priority would be given to its basically targeted beneficiaries for issuing the ration cards. Later on, ration cards would be prepared for the beneficiaries of first, second and third phases respectively under the scheme.

Only the officer authorised by collectors for the purpose would issue the ration cards. This officer will sign the ration cards as well as the declaration letter and ration card register. The colour of the ration cards will be yellow as fixed earlier for the beneficiaries of Antyodaya Anna Yojana.

For preparing ration cards for those below the poverty line, it has been asked that excluding the families which have been issued the ration cards under the Antyodya Anna Yojana, all other such families would be provided BPL ration cards. These cards will be of prescribed blue colour and on their front page ‘BPL Families Ration Card-2006’ will be written.

Instructions to prepare ration cards freshly for the families of above poverty line (APL) have also been given. Under it, a complete list of the survey in rural areas that also comprises the particulars of APL families will be the basis for issuing cards to these families, the release said.

The new ration cards except the list will be issued to those families only that have come into existence after the survey conducted in 2002-03.

While preparing such cards, the confirmation would be sought from the Gram Sabha of area concerned. A compulsory confirmation would be made by the investigating officer about the increase or decrease in the number of members of any family in the survey list of rural area.