Aadhar cards, that come with biometric authentification, will be launched in Ranga Reddy district on 28 January.
The Aadhar smart card scheme, which will be launched in the Maheshwaram mandal of Ranga Reddy district on January 28, is said to be the first of its kind in the country.
This card serves as a multi-utility card.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy will formally launch the issue of the Aadhar card, which uses biometric authentication, to the poor. The objective of the government was to ensure that eligible persons get the right entitlement without any diversions, as illegal withdrawal by others would not be possible.
This is an innovative proposition which guarantees the withdrawal of essential commodities by the beneficiaries.
The enrolment is being taken up during the 1st phase, in the 7 districts of Srikakulam, East Godavari, Adilabad, Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad, Chittoor and Anantapur, where 3,200 stations are being set up. People could enrol for securing Aadhar number and smart cards which will have encrypted data including Aadhar and ration card numbers of the card holder.
In addition, photography centres are being established to complete the process which will replace the existing white ration cards.
Over 6 lakh people have already been identified in these districts, and over 2 crore will be made beneficiaries in the remaining 16 districts, said the Minister For Civil Supplies, Duddilla Sridhar Babu, at the Secretariat on Thursday.
Sridhar Babu told newsmen that there will be no scope for duplication, and that there is no way for unsocial elements to dupe anybody or sell in the black market.
"The quantity identified by the MLA or the officer concerned will reach the dealer, and the claim by the beneficiaries of the cards is foolproof," the minister said.
Any member of the family whose finger prints are captured and available in the smart card could go to the PDS fair shops where PoS would be available for authentication for the issue of ration.
The card also serves to claim scholarships, fee reimbursements, pensions, LPG gas cylinders, housing allotment, and for SHG members to claim their quota, among others.
The smart card system provides for:
i) FP shop-wise online stock position
ii)reduction of costs by prevention malpractices at grassroot level
iii) saving the money and time of the consumers, and
iv) online inventory monitoring, among others.
Above all, it entails transparency in the ration distribution and the display of stocks status.
"The officials will have complete control over the movement and distribution of total stocks. The mechanism will facilitate the Centre to monitor the situation, and check the stocks and their distribution," said the minister.
He appealed to the media to extend their cooperation for the implementation of the system.