Business Standard

Work on photo-ration cards starts in West Bengal

Identification and collection of data for preparation of digital ration cards were launched today in 11 out of 20 districts of the state

Related News

The work for preparing bar-coded photo-ration cards which would be introduced by the state government to ensure effective public distribution system in the state, weed out bogus beneficiaries and check hoarding of foodgrains, started today.

State food and civil supplies department minister Jyotipriya Mullick said the scheme is primarily aimed at checking large-scale illegal diversion of PDS commodities to the open market, manage the supply chain, eliminate and ensure accurate targeting of state subsidy.

"All existing rations cards would be scrapped," Mullick said while speaking at a function at Singur in Hooghly district in the presence of state agriculture minister Becharam Manna and another state minister Rabindranath Bhattacharjee.

Mullick attended a similar programme in connection with the collection of data for the digital cards at Salap in Howrah district near Kolkata.

He said identification and collection of data for preparation of digital ration cards were launched today in 11 out of 20 districts of the state and distribution of the cards would start from January 6 or 7.

Stating that introduction of digital ration cards was as per the directive of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he said work for collection of data was launched from Singur, where anti-land acquisition stir was launched by the farmers.

The scheme would cost the state Rs 112 crore in the first phase, of which the Centre has assured to contribute Rs 25.33 crore, he said.

"We are yet to receive funds from the Centre," he said, adding at present there were 1.77 crore bogus ration cards.

The state has 14 crore ration cards and digital cards were being prepared on the basis of the National Population Register and Socio-Economic Caste Survey, he said.

The minister expressed confidence that strong vigilance over the entire operation would expose nexus between dealers and distributors and said special measures have been taken for people in Junglemahal and Darjeeling Hills.

He said if one crore fake ration cards were cancelled, it would save the state government Rs 60 crore per month on subsidy amount.

Existing ration card-holders in these eleven districts would have to report to their ration shops by November 30 for enlistment of details in the data bank, Mullick said.

The districts where work for collection of data for the preparation of new digital ration cards started today were Howrah, South Dinajpur, Coochbehar,, North 24 Parganas, Burdwan, Birbhum, Bankura, Purulia, East Midnapur, Hooghly and Kolkata.

Read more on:   
|
|
|
|

Read More

Rajnath to visit Odisha's cyclone-flood- hit areas

Says Rajanthji will make an aerial view of the affected areas and meet the affected people at Ganjam and Balasore district on November 1

Columnists Rss icon

Subir Gokarn

Subir Gokarn: The bilateral imperative
Subir Gokarn

Realising the potential of the Indo-US relationship requires a tiered approach

A K Bhattacharya

A K Bhattacharya: A simple matter of conviction
A K Bhattacharya

Three recent initiatives kicked off with renewed vigour to improve governance were actually started, perhaps in a different format, by the UPA ...

Editorial Comment Rss icon

The Muslim population

No cause for paranoia about religious demography

The patent puzzle

Indian licensing of patented drugs is a win-win

TWEETS @ POLITICS
@SinghRPN
India,First,Always. Happy Republic Day http://t.co/FmAUYuME45
@milinddeora
🙏 “@DalaiLama: The purpose of religion is not building grand temples but cultivating +ive human qualities like tolerance, generosity & love”
@digvijaya_28
Another U Turn by BJP. Now taking credit for the very Amendments in the Nuclear Bill which they opposed! Masters of U Turns and Double Speak
@thekiranbedi
Met Shri @MVENKAIAHNAIDU ji. His UrbanDevMinistry's undertaken major initiatives 4Delhi.Looking fwd 2working 2gether http://t.co/K2W2o2Yjoa
@ajaymaken
Overwhelming support at the Nukkad sabha yesterday at (Ward No. 74) Inder Lok http://t.co/ToRs8HqHyW
@MPNaveenJindal
Attending India -US business summit, looking forward to hearing President Obama and our Hon. PM Modi . http://t.co/IwhdXY2IQ0
@Panda_Jay
My Twitter handle changed yesterday to @PandaJay 😊, please follow that..
@ShashiTharoor
RT @ankitlal: .@sambitswaraj जी, अच्छे दिन आ गए क्या? #BlackMoney http://t.co/3s814ASz2n
@Swamy39
RT @AShetty84: Group photo @vhsindia held under the Chairmanship of Dr @Swamy39 at Chennai today @surnell @ranganaathan @MRVChennai http://…
@narendramodi
Sharing our 'Mann Ki Baat' during the recording of the radio programme. Tune in on 27th January at 8… http://t.co/fdoloJ57oe
@abdullah_omar
Mere azeez humwatno, Yaum-e-Jumhuriya mubarak ho.
@varungandhi80
Was asked to meet Dr Tharoor for External Affairs Committee agenda for next session. Was there for ten minutes and left.
@ArvindKejriwal
RT @ashu3page: So finally @BarackObama campaigning fr Delhi BJP..!! His picture is being used by Tilak Nagar BJP candidate http://t.co/XNE
@PMOIndia
RT @narendramodi: Sharing our 'Mann Ki Baat' during the recording of the radio programme. Tune in on 27th January at 8… http://t.co/fdoloJ5
@rajeev_mp
China says Pak its most 'reliable' partner ! So in Chinese 'pragmatic' terms : terror + nuclear prolifrtn = Reliablility! #ChinaPakbhaibhai
@quizderek
RT @MamataOfficial: The Padma Vibhushan to @SrBachchan not enough. Not enough. He is a legend in his lifetime. He deserves a Bharat Ratna.
@
India needs to boost the economy and the only way is to improve infrastructure: @narendramodi
@SushmaSwaraj
गणतंत्र दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ. Heartiest greetings on Republic day.
@arunjaitley
I wish you all a very Happy Republic Day.
@MVENKAIAHNAIDU
For Ajmer: Technology driven Tourism, development of Systematic Framework to avoid water problem.
@nitin_gadkari
६६ वे गणतंत्र दिवस पर आप सभी देश वासियों को हार्दिक शुभकामनायें। http://t.co/MffJ8BfOiX
@DVSBJP
Watching Spectacular Show Of Strength and Culture at Rajpath By Largest Democracy of the World INDIA .Happy Republic Day to all JAI HIND
@umasribharti
चन्‍द्रशेखर राव को बधाई. तेलंगाना राज्‍य का मेरा संकल्‍प एवं सपना पूरा, तेलंगाना की नदियों का ध्‍यान रखेंगें.
@AnanthKumar_BJP
President @BarackObama expressed happiness @adamya_chetana mid-day meal prg for 2 lakh kids of Annapoorna & was enthusiastic about Bengaluru
@smritiirani
RT @PIB_India: Hindi Translation of PM's Media Statement during Joint Press Interaction with President of United States of America http://t
@drharshvardhan
Republic Day greetings to all & congrats to organisers of Republic Day parade for spectacular show for President Barack Obama and US guests.
@Gen_VKSingh
Best wishes on this Republic Day. Let us all rededicate ourselves for the Nation. NATION FIRST ALWAYS AND EVERYTIME.
@Rao_InderjitS
Greetings on the occasion of Indian Republic Day! Proud to be an Indian! Jai Hind!!
@nsitharaman
@sameeratweeter @virsanghvi @seemagoswami Doesn't matter if not noticed -facing the dais & our backs to Rajpath, we stood up. @PiyushGoyal
@RSSorg
Let us pledge to make our sacred motherland "Viswa Guru" on this auspicious Ganatantra Din. #RepublicDay

Back to Top