UID data to be used for biometric ration cards



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.

PTI