The state IT department is working on amalgamation of ration card with the Jan Aadhaar card. The ration card is all set to be revised and the state government has decided to introduce smart ration cards in the state.
The state government had already taken a decision to replace the Bhamashah card introduced by the previous BJP government under the direct transfer of benefits with the Jan Aadhaar card. Now government is planning to merge the ration card with the Jan Aadhaar, so it will save money and a single card will serve both the purposes. A single card for all benefits is the idea.
Jan Aadhaar card is meant for the direct transfer of benefits of government schemes to the account of the beneficiary. Officials privy to the development said most of those who are beneficiaries of the PDS and National Food Security Act also come under the same category of beneficiaries.
Besides, both Jan Aadhaar card and ration cards are issued treating each family as the unit. So, there is no point in duplication. “A single card that will cater to all the benefits of government schemes makes sense which would not only reduce the administrative cost but also the investment required,” said an official.