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20,000 family cards awaiting applicants

By Our Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE, FEB. 16. As many as 20,000 family cards are waiting for the applicants at various taluk supply offices. Reminder letters are being sent to the applicants and they have to come with just the acknowledgment slips issued to them.

According to District Supply Office sources, 3 lakh families had applied for new family cards under the Public Distribution System (PDS) of which 2.74 lakh applications were shortlisted.

Staff shortage

Owing to shortage of manpower, the available staff found it difficult to issue cards to the applicants who were thronging the taluk supply offices every day. Frayed tempers and chaotic scenes had become the order of the day in the taluk offices. The revenue staff had sought additional staff on deputation to cope with the increasing workload. Augmentation of staff strength would help reduce hardship to public and complaints of delay, sources said.

But there are a number of applicants who were not able to collect their cards in spite of having the acknowledgement slips. The general impression was that the forms could have been rejected in the process of scrutiny.

According to the officials, the administration has already advised such applicants to file an application challenging the grounds on which their applications are rejected.

So far, 30,000 such appeals had come. They were being scrutinised and genuine cases were being recommended to Chennai for issue of new cards.

Even requests for renewal were being accepted from cardholders at the taluk supply office, whose cards had been cancelled on various grounds including failure to get H seal and cancel the same, non-usage and so on, the officials said.

Renewal

With regard to the existing cardholders who sought renewal, application forms were being issued through the PDS outlets on all days.

The filled-in application forms were being accepted at the 1,400 odd designated centres across the district during the weekends.

On the first two-days i.e. on February 12 and 13, 3.60 lakh applications for renewal were received.

The designated centres would issue applications for four more days i.e., February 19, 20, 26 and 27.

The work for segregating the forms based on the request for supply of rice, sugar and kerosene had already begun, the officials said.

Complaints

In the wake of complaints about middlemen fleecing the applicants, the officials have put up boards at every taluk supply office stating that there was no need to pay any money for the application forms or for processing the applications.

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