Families which are having above poverty line ration cards under the high-income group status and are not utilising it, but merely holding on to them as address proofs, stand the risk of their cards being cancelled.
Department of civil supplies has invited applications from households with annual income above Rs 5 lakh after it was decided to cancel more than 1 lakh such ration cards, as they are not being used to procure subsidised food grains made available under the Public Distribution System (PDS).
The decision was taken after the introduction of the food security programme that ensures that poor population across the nation including Goa would get food grains under subsidised rates for which 5.32 lakh beneficiaries have been identified and the process to roll out National Food Security Act in the state has already begun in full swing.
Department has set a deadline for APL ration card holders to submit the duly filled forms inserting Aadhar card number at their respective taluka and fair price shops by August 31, failing which their ration cards will be excluded from the PDS.
Speaking to this daily, the director of civil supplies Vikas Gaunekar said that “we have started a drive to get rid of unused and bogus ration cards so as to make available the left out quota of 25000 tonne of food grains annually under food security Act to the needy APL ration card holders,” adding, all those APL ration card holders whose annual family income is below Rs 5 lakh will be included in the public distribution system headed by eldest lady member in the family and simultaneously names of ration card holders with income above Rs 5 lakh will be removed from the PDS, once they give an undertaking for surrendering their ration cards.
“We have received 1.40 lakh applications under NFSA of which around 20000 applications will get rejected since it doesn’t fit the income criteria and there are more 2 lakh APL card holders whose income is above Rs 50000 that will be included after they apply for the same,” he added.
Gaunekar said that two Form C and Form D will be available at all fair price shops and taluka office wherein Form C are for those families having income from all sources of upto Rs 5 lakh.
Despite directives from the central and state governments specifying not to use ration card as address proof, the ration card is mentioned as ‘optional address proof’ in the ‘necessary documents’ column of the application form for a passport, Aadhaar card, learning license, all government certificates and to open a bank account.