KADAPA: All the ration cardholders will henceforth get their ration even if their Iris and fingerprints do not match, civil supplies minister Paritala Sunitha said here on Tuesday.
"Keeping in view the hardships being faced by the ration cardholders, who are not getting their ration due to non-matching of Iris and fingerprints, the government took the decision to supply ration to all the eligible cardholders. A GO will be issued to this effect," she said.
Though the government started biometric process for issuing monthly ration to beneficiaries with an intention to weed out bogus ration cards and also check the irregularities in the public distribution system, there was widespread criticism as there are many instances of genuine beneficiaries not getting their ration as a result of a technical snag and mismatch of Iris and fingerprints.
Against this backdrop, the government took the decision of issuing ration to all eligible cardholders without biometric check and the civil supplies minister announced the same while launching the Chandranna Ramzan Tohfa in Kadapa on Tuesday.
Recalling that she had launched the Food Security Scheme in Kadapa, she expressed happiness over launching Chandranna Ramzan Tohfa scheme aimed at benefiting Muslims.
On the occasion, Sunitha appealed the Muslims to pray for the completion of Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project, intended to supply water to the drought-prone Rayalaseema region.
"During the auspicious month of Ramzan, I appeal the Muslim brothers to pray for completion of the Pattiseema project at the earliest," she said.
Government whip Meda Mallikarjuna Reddy, district collector KV Ramana, joint collector M Rama Rao, TDP district president R Srinivasulu Reddy and others were present.