The state food minister Jyotipriya Mullick on Wednesday said that the distribution of digital ration cards will be completed in all the 19 districts by the middle of January 2016.
The completion of all the digital cards will be done by 14 January and the cardholders will be able to procure rations by the morning of 27 January. “An amount of Rs.5.4 crore has been spent for the project,” informed Mullick.
He also added that almost 7.7 crore people are going to get food security benefits through the card. “I will be personally present in all the zilla offices during the distribution of the cards,” said Mr Mullick.
The government has distributed such ration cards in North and South Dinajpur, Cooch Behar, East Midnapore and West Midnapore, Hooghly and Bankura.
On Wednesday, he visited Hooghly and Alipore. The other zillas will soon be covered, the minister informed. In the Press conference, he also informed that the Central government has stopped the levy for the rice millers, which has come as a big blow to the survival of the small millers.
In an effort to help the small rice millers, the state government has formed cooperative bodies that are going to collect the rice from these millers.
In turn, the cooperative bodies will get a 2.5 per cent commission. In a bid to make the rationing system transparent and ensure effective distribution system across the state, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the introduction of such digital ration cards. More than 7.8 crore cards have been digitised.
The cardholders will be able to procure rations by January 27.