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Distribution of ‘Aadhaar' cards launched

Special Correspondent

Chief Minister hands over Smart cards to women belonging to BPL families at Maheswaram

— Photos: G. Ramakrishna

Me too: Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy being photographed for ‘Aadhaar' card at Maheswaram near Hyderabad on Friday. (Right) Women attending the Rachabanda programme at the place.


MAHESWARAM (Ranga Reddy dt.): Maheswaram became the first Revenue unit in the country where people would use smart cards to draw their rations from the public distribution system (PDS)

These Smart cards are designed with the aid of ‘Aadhaar', a unique identification number given to every citizen based on biometric authentication. Apart from rations, the citizens can use the cards to draw NREGS and avail benefits like scholarships, LPG connections and health insurance under Arogyasri.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday launched the programme by formally handing over the cards to some women belonging to below poverty line (BPL) families. All 27 villages falling in Maheshwaram mandal had cent per cent enrolment for issue of smart cards.

Slogan shouting

The Chief Minister's address to a large crowd at the public meeting to mark the occasion was interrupted by slogan shouting by Telangana supporters as soon as he took the mike. At this stage, Home Minister P. Sabita Reddy walked up to her supporters and had a word with them after which they rushed to the trouble spot with ‘Jai Congress' slogans, breaking the police cordon. Until then, the repeated requests of the Chief Minister for calm had fallen on deaf years.

Mr. Kiran lambasted the TRS and BJP for creating disturbance. He agreed there was a problem on Telangana front, but it would be resolved only by the Centre. If possible, he advised the Opposition parties to support the government programmes. Mr. Reddy expected three companies of Tata group to launch work on setting up units of aerospace at nearby Adibhatla in 10 to 15 days.

Ms. Sabita Reddy wanted a vegetables zone to be set up in Ranga Reddy district, for which Mr. Kiran promptly sanctioned 5,000 acres of land. Ministers K. Jana Reddy and D. Sridhar Babu and Civil Supplies Commissioner Sanjay Jaju, Registrar of Aadhar in the State, also spoke.

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