Mangaluru, May 15: Citizens who wish to apply for new ration cards can apply online from today onwards.
The Karnataka Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs has started the registration process for APL and BPL ration card through online application from 15th May 2015, onwards both in rural and urban areas.
Citizens who do not have ration cards are asked to visit respective village Panchayath office in rural areas and Mangalore one service centre, Atal Janasnehi Kendra of Bio metric centres in urban areas and fill online applications along with required documents.
Sources in the office of Commissioner of Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, S S Pattanasetty has confirmed that process of online application for new ration cards has began.
On the facebook page of Karnataka Government publicity division also posted announcement of online application process for BPL and APL cards in facebook.
The new announcement by the department does not mention the process of sending sms to a particular mobile number ahead of filling online application. But, they have mentioned the documents which are required to submit in order to avail a card.
In Dakshina Kannada district, the department had received 77,670 applications for new ration cards last year and as many as 45,000 cards have been distributed. A total 11,000 BPL card applications have not been processed as the applicants failed to submit their EPIC number.
The APL/BPL cards are piling up as they remain unclaimed by applicants for various reasons. The department of food and civil supplies has warned that the 11,256 unclaimed BPL cards will be cancelled in case the people fail to provide their EPIC number.
About 4,000 unclaimed APL cards, the department will submit a report to the government.