Mumbai: Long pending project of biometric
ration cards may get a boost with Maharashtra Government
deciding to use data to be collected for the Centre`s Unique
Identity Cards (UID) scheme.
"The data collected for UID like photo of a person,
fingerprints and iris image would be used for the biometric
ration cards since the data requirement is similar," Food and
Civil Supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh said today.
There are about 2.5 crore ration cardholders in the
state including APL and BPL and the biometric card would be
separate from the UID.
The government will start collecting data for UID from
November 1 and finish the process in February next year. The
centre has offered financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for
the exercise, Deshmukh said.
The process would be completed in four months and the
Food and Civil Supplies Department would get readymade data
for making biometric ration cards, the minister said.
The biometric cards would curb the menace of bogus
ration cards. Shops would also be connected with tehsil and
collector offices which would keep a track on the food items
provided to the people. This would definitely reduce black
marketing of foods, he said.