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HYDERABAD:  Issuing smart cards to Aadhaar number-holders might not be a smooth since lack of internet in rural areas might impede the process. More white rations cards were issued in rem

Published: 09th March 2012 02:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:31 PM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD:  Issuing smart cards to Aadhaar number-holders might not be a smooth since lack of internet in rural areas might impede the process. More white rations cards were issued in remote areas where there is no Internet connectivity.

Keeping this in view the government has decided to provide swiping machines to fair price shops where the card-holders would swipe their smart cards.

The swiping machines would be linked to a central server through internet. When the card is swiped one can know whether the card-holder is eligible for ration or not.

The government has decided to introduce smart cards to check irregularities in welfare schemes by providing all services through one card. According to officials, issuing smart cards would begin in six months.

All details will be included in the smart cards relating to his eligibility to welfare schemes of the government and his financial statement. For instance, if a person applies for a house, the officials would know, by asking the applicant to swipe the card on the machine, if he already has a house under govt scheme. The entire data included in smart card would be sent to income tax department for their reference.

Civil supplies minister S Sreedhar Babu stated: “Smart cards would eliminate all irregularities in implementation of welfare schemes.

It would help in reaching the benefits to the targeted persons.’’

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