In a revolutionary move to benefit the poor as well as the state exchequer, the government will be introducing smart cards replacing the existing ration cards in the next six months. The cards will be prepared on the basis of the Aadhar cards, which are expected to be issued to all the citizens by March next.
Unveiling the details of the new scheme at a public meeting here on Wednesday, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said the new rationing system would enable the poor take their quota of essential commodities from any of the ration shops in the state. “They need not necessarily go to the ration shop located in their area. Instead, the poor can collect the ration from anywhere in the state once the issuance of Aadhar cards is completed,” he said.
Stating that huge quantities of essential commodities were reaching black market resulting in massive loss to the exchequer, the CM said the government had decided to put an end to the problems faced by the consumers with the help of smart cards. Admitting that corruption at the field level was hurting the image of the state government, he said his government was committed to serving the poor.
He said the poor, particularly agriculture labourers, were hit the most because of the deceptive practices of the ration shop dealers. He said the stocks were not being disbursed to the card holders properly. “We will end the woes of the consumers shortly as they could go to any shop and take their quota of essential commodities with the smart card,” the CM announced.
He said that all the revenue offices at the mandal level would be completely computerised in such a manner that no one would be needed to visit any of the government offices for any help. “An arrangement will be made to ensure that all the birth, death, income, caste and other relevant certificates are sent to the applicant by post,” he said.
Admitting that poor patients were experiencing severe problems in purchasing medicines even after visiting the government hospitals due to shortage of drugs, the chief minister said the current drug supply system would be completely revamped within 3-6 months. He said that a pilot project was unveiled in three districts to ensure full supply of medicines in government hospitals.
Earlier, the CM laid the foundation stone for modernisation works of Kondaveetivagu at Medikonduru village. He unveiled a pylon to mark the beginning of the massive drinking water project for Guntur city, which would be taken up at a cost of Rs 400 crore. Ministers Kanna Lakshminarayana, Mopidevi Venkata Ramana, Dokka Manikya Varaprasad, Erasu Pratap Reddy, Kasu Krishna Reddy, Union minister Panabaka Lakshmi, district collector V N Vishnu and joint collector A Sharath were present. TOI