Mangaluru: Minister for food, civil supplies and consumer affairs U T Khader said the department will start dispatching new ration cards within a month. He said that the department will complete the process of document verification soon and it will be able to commence the printing of new ration cards within 15 days.
"As many as 14.70 lakh persons have applied for ration cards online of which 90% are genuine and they deserve to get the benefits of government schemes. The department should not deprive 90% of the BPL families of their benefits because of 10% fake applicants. Hence, the government has decided to print and issue ration cards to all applicants and take action against the fake ones in the later stage," Khader said.
The department has forwarded the soft copies of applications with details to the revenue department and thereafter the same have been forwarded to Janasnehi centres of respective villages. Village assistants will have to check the Aadhaar card details, the family tree of the applicant and the annual income, which is limited to Rs 1.20 lakh, he said adding that a village assistant may have to verify an average of 150 applications.
Talking about the online ration card application process, Khader said that no other state has successfully implemented it like Karnataka.
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