‘No aadhar, no food’ riles residents
Delivery delays hit the process of food distribution to poor; however, officials blame the agency that prints and delivers the cards for delay
CHANDIGARH: According to the data available with officials concerning the generation of the unique identification (UID) number, 6,34,022 people have applied for the "aadhar cards" out of the total population of 10,54,686 people in the city. Precisely, about 60% residents of the city have applied for these cards.
The cards, however, seem nothing more than identification proofs, as the Food and Supplies Department has not yet started issuing ration based on these. Also, according to the project, those possessing the cards are eligible for getting
CARD HOLDERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR GETTING INCREASED AMOUNT OF RATION. THOUGH THE INCREASE IS MARGINAL, IT BENEFITS THE POOR
increased amount of ration. Though the increase is marginal, economically weaker people state that it is important to them.
Narinder Kumar, 45, owner of a mobile store at Sector 17, applied for the card in August last but it was issued after over four months i.e. in December. He still gets the ration based on his ration card, as the Food and Supplies Department, Chandigarh, has not yet started distribution based on these cards.
Besides, there are many who applied for the cards over four months ago, but they have not been issued the same to date.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Sunita Rani of Sector 22 said, "I had applied for the card in September last, but the department has not reverted back so far. If the government initiated the project, it should be taken seriously."
However, officials concerned said the ration would soon be allotted through these cards, as the issue was already under consideration.
Besides, officials concerning the issuing of the UID number said the agency involved in printing and delivering the cards should be blamed for the delay. Though the officials claimed that 4,44,026 identification numbers had been generated, but only about a few thousand cards had been delivered.
Sources alleged pendency runs in lakhs with India Post, the agency that had been enrolled to print and deliver the cards. When the scheme was launched, people were assured that the cards would be delivered within 30 days, but there has been a delay of about six months in most cases.