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Fears of family card holders allayed

Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: : The District Supply Office has allayed fears of ration cardholders over entry of wrong addresses on the newly distributed cards.

Acknowledging that errors could have occurred since the new ration-cards were being distributed after bulk data processing, official sources said the mistakes could be rectified with the respective Taluk Supply Officers, from the first week of August, by when the process of distribution would get completed.

There have been umpteen complaints of entry of wrong addresses by cardholders over the past week. For instance, cardholders in Kailash Nagar had found that some addresses pertaining to Papakurichi had been mentioned in it. In another instance, several cardholders of Thuvarankurichi had found addresses of Vaiyampatti printed on their cards. There were also instances of wrong swapping of the categories of ration cards — green, white, and khaki (for police personnel).

The fear expressed by the cardholders was that wrong addresses would deprive them of the rations. Especially, those from villages were agitated over the ignominy of losing the benefit of rations for no fault of theirs. However, official sources confirmed there was nothing to fear and the cardholders could have the addresses replaced on their cards by producing some documents proving their original address to the Taluk Supply Officers. The changes would be made then and there. After making the changes, the TSOs would endorse the cards with their signatures, said a senior official.

Over the past fortnight, 2,80,211 new ration cards were despatched. Of them, 1,36,664 were distributed after the first weekend of scrutiny. Officials were confident of meeting the target of distributing a total of over 6 lakh new ration cards over the next three weeks.

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