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Fresh survey to help detect bogus ration cards

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, DEC. 17. The Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, H.S. Mahadeva Prasad, said today that he will streamline the public distribution system (PDS). Addressing presspersons here, he said his department will conduct a fresh survey to identify families living below the poverty line (BPL) and eliminate bogus ration cards. Mr. Prasad noted that the Government has been providing subsidised foodgrains to BPL families from November 1.

The Food and Civil Supplies Department has issued ration cards to 63 lakh BPL families and each cardholder is being given 20 kg of rice and five kg of wheat a month at Rs. 3 a kg. A sum of Rs. 300 crores has been earmarked in the State Budget for implementing the programme this year.

The department has detected bogus ration cards and distribution of foodgrains of poor quality. The poorest among the poor have not been issued yellow cards in some districts.

To conduct the survey and identify those eligible for yellow ration-cards, teams comprising officials of the Food and Civil Supplies and Revenue departments, gram panchayat members and MLAs will be formed at the gram panchayat level. The main objective of the survey is to eliminate bogus ration-cards in villages, Mr. Prasad said. The survey will be completed before February-end.

Income limits

The Minister said cards will be issued to households whose annual income is below Rs. 17,000 in urban areas and Rs. 11,000 in rural areas. The department will issue an order next week to provide yellow cards to beneficiaries who were left out in the past. Foodgrains to those who were issued yellow ration-cards recently will be given from next month, Mr. Prasad said.

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