Paper ration cards are a thing of past. The Haryana government has launched a project to issue all residents smart cards.
This was disclosed by financial commissioner and principal secretary of food and supplies department Shakuntala Jakhu. A pilot project is underway in Pataudi Block. She said the job of preparing smart cards of all residents in the entire state would be got completed by June 2013.
Jakhu said the ration card was an important document even for those who do not get ration. The beneficiaries of below poverty line (BPL) and Antodaya Ann Yojna (AAY) get ration at cheaper rates under various schemes of the government but for the above poverty line (APL) people it serves as a proof of residence.
She said that now the smart cards will replace the traditional ration cards. For this, a comprehensive survey would be done taking the help of the booth level officers (BLO) appointed by the Election Department.
According to Jakhu, the BLO would visit every household in the area allocated to him or her and get the application forms filled. Then he would submit these forms village wise to the inspector of food and supplies department who would scrutinise the forms whether these were filled in correctly or not.
After that, these would be handed over to TataConsultancy Services, which is the authorised agency for documentation and collection of biometric finger prints of all the applicants.
TCS would enter the data collected and then after proper publicity mega camps would be organised for taking biometric finger prints, scanning the eyes and photographs of every person.
She said that every person will have to bring the slip given by BLO at the time of filling of form which will be bearing the same number as that of the form. On entering the number of the slip, entire data about the person would be displayed on the computer screen and the individual would be asked to go through it to check its correctness.