Haryana to replace ration cards with smart cards

Chandigarh Haryana government has decided to replace the present ration cards in the state with smart cards which would be linked to the Unique Identification Card (UIC). These ration cards were issued to consumers under the Public Distribution System (PDS).

Work to prepare smart cards would commence from May 27, an official spokesman said in Chandigarh.

Initially, it would be started in four blocks of Ambala, Sonepat, Sirsa and Gharaunda on pilot basis, he said.

UIC for people of all age groups would also be prepared along with smart cards and the latter would eventually be linked with UIC, the official said, adding smart cards of more than 54 lakh families would be prepared in the state.

Central government has sanctioned Rs 137.63 crore for implementation of first phase of the programme.

Story First Published: May 16, 2011 16:01 IST

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