To bring transparency in the public distribution system, ration cards will be replaced with smart cards in Haryana. Haryana would be the first state in the country to have this facility for consumers. Initially, it would be started in four blocks of Ambala, Sonipat, Sirsa and Gharaunda on pilot basis. The work to prepare smart cards will begin from May 27.
A Haryana government official saidthat unique identification card (UIC) of the people in all age groups would also be prepared alongwith smart cards and the smart cards would eventually be linked with UIC.
“The Centre has sanctioned Rs 137.63 crore for the implementation of first phase of this programme in Haryana. Before the commencement of this work, the officers or officials engaged in process would be imparted training. Smart cards of more than 54 lakh families would be prepared in the state. The training programme had already been chalked out by the Department, said Haryana Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Food and Supplies Department, Navraj Sandhu in a statement on Monday.
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