Smart Card-based TPDS launched in Haryana as a pilot project



Chandigarh: Smart Card-based targeted public distribution system (TPDS) was today launched in Haryana as a pilot project by the Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar through video conferencing from Delhi.

Simultaneously, the Haryana Food and Supplies Minister, Mahender Partap Singh distributed ration to the consumers through smart card at a function organised at Panchkula, near here, to mark the implementation of the project.

In the first phase, the Smart Card Project will be implemented in four blocks of four districts, Ambala block of Ambala, Gharaunda block of Karnal, Sonipat block of Sonipat and Sirsa block of Sirsa.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister said that the main aim of this project was to prevent the alarming diversion of essential commodities and introduction of accountability and transparency in the distribution system.

He said the Haryana and Punjab have the highest contribution in the Central pool, therefore, their responsibility for effective implementation of this project was also high.

Pawar said that it was the responsibility of Centre as well the State Government to implement best public distribution system (PDS) and minimize the public grievances.

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had announced in his budget speech that the project of replacing paper-based ration cards with smart cards will be implemented in the State of Haryana and Chandigarh as a pilot project.

On the occasion, Mahender Singh said that the project is being implemented to make the PDS more effective and responsible.

Singh said that under the project about 54 lakh eligible families of the State would be issued smart cards. Singh also demanded a special grant package from Centre for storage and preservation of foodgrains.

He said that Rs 137 crore was being incurred on this project by the Central Government and Rs five crore has been spent on the implementation of this project in Chandigarh.

Giving details of the smart card, the Haryana Minister said the monthly entitlement of consumers would be stored in the card and all the transactions at fair price shops would be performed only on the production of the card by one of the authorised members of the family.

Finger print templates of three members along with the photo of head of the family would be stored in the card to ensure that the transaction happened only in the presence of beneficiary.

PTI