Mangaluru, February 18: Deputy Director of Food Supplies Department Sharanabasappa said, the ration cards of about 11,256 Below Poverty Line (BPL) families might be cancelled if they fail to produce Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) details within a fortnight.
Speaking to the media here on Wednesday, February 18th, Sharanabasappa informed that of the total 77,670 applications submitted by the BPL families, 17,232 cards remain pending to be distributed. Only 5,976 families have attached their EPIC details and the remaining 11,256 have not yet provided their details. If the concerned fail to provide details within the specified deadline then such cards will be cancelled.
Sharanabasappa said that, 4,000 Above Poverty Line families(APL) who had submitted applications for the renewal of their cards have not yet collected their cards even after constant remainders.
In order to root out the bogus card holder’s menace, the department has asked all the Public Distribution centres to display the name of the BPL card holders at the shops and in case anybody finds out that a person is ineligible, then they can directly complain to the department, informed Sharanabasappa.
He added and said, in total, 488 Public Distribution centres have to display the names of the card holders and in case they fail to do so, then stringent action will be initiated by respective food committees, he added.
He also revealed that, still 6,100 BPL families have to enroll themselves for the kerosene free city project. The families who wish to avail a gas connection should submit all the necessary documents before March 31st, as the kerosene supply will be halted later on.
Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim said, expected results were not obtained during the LPG consumers’ redressal meetings organised by the oil companies in respective gas agencies. Hence the district administration has decided to hold meetings from February 23rd to March 31st in all the taluks on specific dates.