Aadhaar-Ration card link up cleaning PDS system: Food Min

RSTV Bureau

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Linking the ration cards to Aadhaar numbers have helped government to clean up the system, said Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution CR Chaudhary as he listed that nearly three crore fake and duplicate ration cards have been cancelled during the three years of the NDA government.

It had also saved the country Rs 17,000 crore every year during this time, the central minister added while at the 21st National Conference on e-Governance in Hyderabad on Monday.

“Out of 23 crore ration cards in the country, 82 per cent (19 crore) are linked with Aadhaar. We have removed 2.95 crore fake or duplicate ration cards in the country in the past three years which has resulted in a saving of Rs 17,000 crore annually. It has ensured that foodgrains are being delivered to the rightful person,” he informed.

Chaudhary said that e-governance could help in increasing the ease of doing business in the country which, in turn, would help attract foreign investment.

Telangana’s Minister of IT and Industries, KT Rama Rao was also present at the event.

(With inputs from PTI)