In an effort to streamline public distribution system (PDS) and contain pilferage of subsidised food commodities, all the existing ration cards in Haryana would be replaced by biometric ration cards by June 2013.
Food and supplies department's financial commissioner-cum principal secretary Shakuntala Jakhu reviewed the preparation of the pilot project at Gymkhana Club in the city.
The meeting was attended by deputy commissioner PC Meena, Gurgaon sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Satender Duhan, SDM Gurgaon (South) Captain Manoj, SDM Pataudi Vatsal Vashisth, additional director general of UID scheme Amit Singhal along with officials of the food and supplies department from Chandigarh. "It is a central government's scheme. It would help in wiping out corruption," said the financial commissioner.
Jakhu said the process of preparing smart cards for all the holders in the state would be completed by June 2013.
Several booth level officers (BLO) have been appointed for providing assistance in the pilot project.
"The BLOs would visit every household in the area and get the application forms filled by the beneficiaries. Then, he will submit these forms village-wise to the inspector of food and supplies department who would scrutinise the forms," said Jakhu. "After that, these forms would be handed over to TCS, which is the authorised agency for documentation and collection of biometric finger prints of all the applicants," the financial commissioner said, adding the smart cards would help in the preparation of Adhaar-UID.
The beneficiaries of rations card are those living below poverty line (BPL). They are entitled to procure ration at cheaper rates under various government schemes.