MAPUSA: Ration cards will soon be a thing of the past in the state with the department of civil supplies and consumer affairs deciding to replace them with smart cards aimed at eliminating widespread hoarding, diversion of food grains and black marketeering.
The smart cards will contain details of family members, including their photographs and biometrics. The move of the government has come in while there are allegations of bogus rations cards and the mismanagement of quota at the fair price shops.
The state government, as part of the e-PDS project of computerisation of department of civil supplies and consumer affairs, is going for the digitalization of the ration card data and Bardez taluka is taken as the pilot project for the same. The department, for the issue of new smart card based ration cards, has digitized the present available ration card data for Bardez.
The data now needs to be verified for errors and mistakes and also to capture additional data. All ration card holders in the Bardez taluka have been requested to collect the printed forms showing the data with blank areas for additional data which are available with respective fair price shops from August 1 onwards.
Ration card holders have also been requested to check and make corrections if required in the data printed on the verification form. Additional information regarding Epic, Aadhaar, mobile number, bank account details are also to be filled in the form.
Cardholders are permitted to include the names of children duly supported by the birth certificates and also permitted to delete the names duly supported by the death certificates.
Properly filled verification forms are to be submitted back to the respective fair price shops on or before August 31 along with the photocopies of the existing ration cards, Aadhar card, Epic cards and other documents relied upon.
Civil supplies director had also convened a meeting recently at Nachinola of the fair price shop owners directing them how to go about the implementation of the program.
"It will be a foolproof system, the advantage here will be that any member registered by the new card can avail the quota at any fair price shop in Goa" said director Vikas Gaunekar. "We will soon start the digitization of the fair price shops in the state," he said.
The digitization of data of ration cards in the other talukas has already begun and the scheme will be implemented across the state soon, sources informed.
"If the ration quota is not lifted by the card holder for six months his card will be blocked," Gaunekar said.
The queue of people waiting to lay their hands on the card seems to be getting longer and longer. Here's a ready reckoner on how to get the card:
With the government making Aadhaar Card (unique identification card) mandatory in procuring LPG connections, issuing passports, sale or purchase of houses, opening a PF account or withdrawing your provident fund, opening a bank account, etc, the queue of people waiting to lay their hands on the card seems to be getting longer and longer.
Here's a ready reckoner on how to get the card:
# Aadhaar card enrollment is free and you need to enroll only once as an individual is entitled for only one card.
# You can go to any authorized Aadhaar enrollment center anywhere in India with your identity and address proof.
# UIDAI process accepts Proof of Identity and 33 Proof of Address documents. Common proofs of identity and address are election photo ID card, Ration card, passport and driving license.
# Photo ID cards like PAN card and government ID cards are permissible for identity proof. Address proof documents also include water - electricity - telephone bills from the last three months.
# In case you do not have above mentioned proofs, certificate of identify having photo issued by Gazetted Officer/Tehsildar on letterhead is also accepted as proof of identity.
# Certificate of address having photo issued by MP or MLA /Gazetted Officer/Tehsildar on letterhead or by Village Panchayat head or its equivalent authority (for rural areas) is accepted as valid proof of address.
# If someone in your family does not have individual valid documents, the resident can still enrol if his/her name exists in family entitlement document.
# Where there are no documents available, residents may also take the help of 'Introducers' at the enrolment centre. The Introducers are notified by the registrar.
# At the enrollment center, your photo, finger-prints and iris scan will also be taken as a part of the enrollment.
# You need to enrol only once. Enrolling again is a waste of your time as you will get only one Aadhaar number.
# Based on the information provided, your details will be verified and If the application is successful, an Aadhaar number will be generated and mailed to your address.
# The waiting time for Aadhaar may vary from 60-90 days after receipt of resident data packets.
# Click here for the list of documents that can be submitted as proof of identity and address.
# After enrolment, quality checks are done by the enrolment centre supervisors, followed by correction process (where required) and data packet consolidation.
# Subsequently, the Enrolment Agency sends the data to UIDAI data centre. The data undergoes various stages of screening and validations in CIDR. This ensures that the source of data is authenticated besides ensuring that no duplicate exists.
# Sample quality checks are done on demographic and biometric data collected from residents.
# Apart from that the operator/supervisor/introducer/enrolment agency and registrar, information in each packet is also validated. Only after passing the data quality checks and other validations, the packet goes for de-duplication and Aadhaar gets generated.
# In case of any errors, the packet goes on hold. For example, if the particulars of the operator who enrolled the resident are found to be inconsistent with database or there is a mismatch observed in photo and age/gender (e.g. a child's photo with age mentioned as 50 years), then the packet is held for further enquiry.
# Corrective actions are taken on such packets, wherever possible, else a rejection letter guiding resident to re-enroll is dispatched to the resident.
# India Post is entrusted with the responsibility of printing and delivery of Aadhaar letters. Depending on backlog for generation, location of delivery etc.
# India Post may ordinarily take 3-5 weeks to print and deliver Aadhaar letters to the residents.
Benefits of an Aadhar card
# The unique identification or Aadhaar project would result in saving of about Rs 110,000 crore by 2020 (around 58 per cent of expenditure of major public welfare schemes), a Planning Commission study released said.
# By providing a clear proof of identity, Aadhaar will empower the underprivileged residents in accessing services such as the formal banking system and give them the opportunity to easily avail various other services provided by the government and the private sector. (With inputs from http://uidai.gov.in/aadhaar.html)