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To bring transparency in the public distribution system, Haryana government has decided to replace the present ration cards with the new smart cards. The ration cards would be linked to the Unique Identification Card (UIC) and issued to consumers under the Public Distribution System (PDS). Haryana would be the first state of India to have this facility for its customers.

Initially, it will start in 4 blocks of Ambala, Sirsa, Gharaunda and Sonipat on the pilot basis. The preparation of the smart cards will be started from 27th of May and about 54 lakh families in Haryana will be covered under it. According to a Haryana government official, ?Unique Identification Card of the people in all age groups would also be prepared along with smart cards and the smart cards would eventually be linked with UIC.?

The central government has sanctioned Rs. 137.63 crore for the implementation of first phase of the smart cards project. To prepare the smart cards, the details and biometrics of all the ration card holders would be recorded.

Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary of Food and Supplies Navraj Sandhu told, ?While taking ration from the depot, the consumer would have to insert the smart card in a machine at the ration depot which would let him know the quantity of ration allotted and its price. On the basis of this data, the depot holder would give rations to the consumer.?

Haryana to replace ration cards with smart cards
Originally published on: All India Today

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