Digitisation of ration cards in Goa suffers a setback

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The process to begin digitisation of ration cards under targeted public distribution system has suffered a setback due to delay in getting financial and administrative approvals.

The civil supplies department has submitted a file to the government for its approval to implement the NFSA Act and to begin the process of digitisation of ration cards.

The aim of TPDS project is to create a centralised database of every person living in the state using the ration card data as the base. Biometrics details will also be added up to it so as to ensure availability of monthly quota of foodgrains to the beneficiary.

As there has been delay in getting the required approvals, the screening process for ration card holders will be spread out for 18 months: camps will be held in all 189 panchayats and 14 municipalities during the period of 13 months.

The camps will be held at taluka offices during the remaining five months to register those persons who may miss on the screening process.

Goa Electronic Limited is the implementing agency for TPDS.

NIC, as software developing agency, will hold the camps, with the help of civil supplies department, of six-day duration, covering four panchayats in a week.

During the verification process, details mentioned in Aadhaar card, election card and bank accounts will be collected and fed into the ration card database.

Explaining the process of printing and sorting of verification forms, sources said the digitised ration card data will be printed and will be designed as ‘verification forms’.

The software developed by NIC will be used for obtaining biometrics and taking photographs of every beneficiary having a ration card.

The ration card data shared by the NIC will be imported into the software and a unique number will be generated for every individual in the RC data.

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