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Photo goof-up in smart cards not govt's mistake: TN minister

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The 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

Speaking in the yesterday, R noted that some people had wrongly uploaded photographs of celebrities from their smart phones, which resulted in the of such images.

He was responding to a query by from Colachel, J G Prince, on smart PDS cards.

also informed the House that was the first and only state in the country to issue smart cards to family ration card holders.

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.

The also sought to know whether the state had any proposal to emboss images of family members in the smart cards being issued.

"To make things easy for those applying for smart cards, the state allowed the card holders to upload the pictures of family heads from their smart phones," responded.

When the pointed out that in some cases, images of cine actors were reportedly printed in the new cards issued by the civil supplies department, the said, "It is not our (government) mistake".

The issue has been addressed after it was brought to the notice of the government, he said.

The said the government had instructed the applicants to get in touch with authorities concerned to avoid such goof-ups.

On the smart cards yet to be printed, he said the photographs of family heads were yet to be received.

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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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 14:10 IST