‘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

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - IN & AROUND - Jy­ot­sna Jalali Jalali40@gmail.com

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.

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