To put an end to the malpractices in the Ration Cards under the Public Distribution System, it has been decided to scrape it and introduce new Priority and Non-Priority Cards, announced Health Minister UT Khadar. Speaking at a press meet on Saturday, he said the intention of introducing the new cards is to assure that eligible get the benefits.
The four criteria for consideration for Priority Card are: the applicant should not a government employee. Annual income of the applicant should be less than Rs 1.25 lakh. The applicant should not own a car and should not own a house in the urban area, bigger than 1000 sq ft.
The applicants should submit the application online along with Aadhaar Card. All applications will be scrutinised and any false claim will invite criminal complaint against such a person.
The State Government’s CM Anila Bhagya is not an alternative to PM’s Ujvala. The Anila Bhagya will be implemented with an intention of facilitating the 21 lakh families without gas connection. Separate software will be ready for this by July. The department has a shortage of staff by 25 to 30 per cent. Appointments will be made at the earliest, he said.
The Minister also reiterated that the developments following Anurag Tiwari’s death is politically motivated and that Tiwari had not faced any problem from the department. He said they would cooperate with the investigation to the fullest extent.