Nagpur: Maharashtra Government on Saturday said it
will conduct a combined data collection survey for unique
national identity and biometric ration cards to save time and
"Both the projects are expected to commence in early
November and state authorities are floating district wise
tenders to carry out the giant task," state Minister for Food
and Civil Supplies Anil Deshmukh told reporters here.
"The state government is utilising the opportunity for
the identity cards survey and is clubbing it to save time and
duplication. About 2.5 crore PDS cards through biometric
system are required and thus a total of eight-crore population
out of the State`s 11 crore would be covered in one stroke,"
Records of people along with their fingerprint would be
thus available, he added.
The minister said PDS system in the state was being
computerised to avoid illegal and bogus claims and fraud in
distribution of ration.
A ration shop will be connected online to ministry via
tehsil office and collectorate which will reflect the actual
stock position on a daily basis, he said.
Maharashtra will be the first state to introduce
biometric system, Deshmukh claimed.