Residents of the Millennium City will no longer have to carry ration card book as the district food and supply department is all set to introduce 'smart' ration cards. Each card will have fingerprints of all members of a family. Besides, it will contain their iris impression, which would help curb incidents of misuse.
The district food and supply office will start issuing smart cards to residents from January 1, 2012.
The facility has already been introduced in four districts of the state. These are - Ambala, Sonepat, Sirsa and Karnal.
This smart card will be like an ATM card, with a special chip that will have thumb impression of all members of a family, their details like date of birth and their iris impression.
The department has been instructed to renew ration cards for only one year, especially to those families whose cards' have expired. After the department starts the process of smart cards, these families will also be issued the cards.
Ashok Kumar Rawat, district food and supply controller, said, "The facility has already been introduced in four districts. We hope things start here, too, by the next year."