The Tamil Nadu government has said it was not responsible for the recent goof-up in smart ration cards, wherein images of actors were reportedly printed in the cards issued by the state civil supplies department.
Speaking in the state assembly yesterday, Food Minister R Kamaraj noted that some people had wrongly uploaded photographs of celebrities from their smart phones, which resulted in the printing of such images.
Ninety nine percent of the work with respect to issuing of smart ration cards in the state has been completed, he said.
Of the total 1.94 crore family ration card holders, 1.88 crore have already been provided with the smart cards and the same are in use, he told the assembly.
When the MLA pointed out that in some cases, images of cine actors were reportedly printed in the new cards issued by the civil supplies department, the minister said, "It is not our (government) mistake".
The issue has been addressed after it was brought to the notice of the government, he said.
On the smart cards yet to be printed, he said the photographs of family heads were yet to be received.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami had launched the smart family card scheme worth Rs 330 crore to replace the existing ration cards in the state, on April 1, 2017.
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