The civil supplies director and in-charge chief rationing officer, Mr K.R.B.H.N. Chakravarthy, on Friday withdrew his circular making Aadhaar enrolment compulsory for obtaining ration and LPG refill in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad from August 1. The CRO took the decision following appeals from public representatives and in view of the Ramzan and Ganesh Chaturthi festivals.
Linking Aadhaar to LPG refill had sparked a row and caused confusion among the public due to conflicting reports in various newspapers. The conflicting statements of the CRO making Aadhaar compulsory and the civil supplies commissioner, Mr Harpreet Singh, saying it was not mandatory also added to the confusion. Ranga Reddy district officials too issued statements that they would not insist on Aadhaar enrolment for residents of that district, including those under GHMC limits, for obtaining ration and LPG refill. The CRO had issued the circular in order to complete Aadhaar enrolments in the twin cities by the end of August as Hyderabad had been picked as a model city for implementing direct cash transfer of subsidies on LPG to consumers. Deccan Chronicle