Biometric smart (ration) cards in Uttar Pradesh : How to get

How to get Biometric smart (Ration) card in Uttar Pradesh to collect food grains under public distribution system. In which districts of Uttar Pradesh Biometric smart (Ration) card will be issued? What is biometric smart card? What is Public Distribution System? What is point of sale (POS) machine?

What is Public Distribution System (PDS)?
Public Distribution System (PDS) means distribution of essential itmes like Wheat, Rice, Sugar, and Kerosene at a subsidised price to persons who are entitled to get them. For example those holding ration cards, BPL cards etc.

Biometric Ration cards for Public Distribution System (PDS) in Uttar Pradesh

The announcement of the Uttar Pradesh government that now biometric cards will be issued and used to get the items distributed under the Public Distribution System (PDS). This step will replace the existing Paper based Ration Cards with biometric Cards for ration distribution. These biometric ration cards will carry all personal details and photographs of the card holder. This will help in ensuring that the ration which is to be distributed by the government reaches the right person. Apart form Uttar Pradesh, some of the other states where biometric cards are used for Public Distribution System are Karnataka, Orissa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh etc.

How to get Biometric smart card to get Ration under public distribution system in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh will computerize the public distribution system and provide biometric smart cards and Ration card holders can collect the food grain using these biometric cards under the public distribution system. This will somehow help in controlling the issue of fake ration cards in Uttar Pradesh. Initially, biometric ration cards will be issued in 18 districts and after that it would be implemented in remaining 57 districts. These Smart cards will also contain fingerprints of ration card holders so ensure that no fake users can use that card.

Dealers will be provided with a point of sale (POS) machine. This machine will be used to identify biometric card holder through fingerprints before issuing them the food grains. Now some people might say that, these shop dealers might say that the machine is not working and sell the food grains in black. But however there are also instructions for that. They have to ensure that the POS machine work properly. It has be repaired it there is some problem with it. If it is found that it is not working again then the dealer's license would be cancelled. From July 31, fair price shops would be allotted through an online system.


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