ATM card-model ration card a hit, 95,000 downloads on Day 1

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MS Vidyanandan By

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The ATM card-model ration card is gaining traction among the people. A large number of people are downloading the new format which is available for free on the Civil Supplies Department’s portal. As many as 95,000 downloads were recorded on the first day and the number has been on an upward trend, said a source. Cardholders can download the new format through the citizen login on the Civil Supplies Department website or through the Akshaya centres.

The document is available in PDF format and can be printed on PVC or plastic cards from anywhere. The government does not charge for the download. The Akshaya centres would charge `65 as service and printing charge. The specification for the card provided through Akshaya centres is at least 0.76 mm thickness, 85.60 mm length and 53.98 m breadth.

The card can also be downloaded in another format, the E-card format. For this, the Akshaya centres would charge Rs 25. A mobile phone-based security is there for the download. Under this, a password is sent to the mobile phone linked to the ration card. This password has to be typed in to get the PDF document. If the consumer is not getting the print password on his mobile, he can contact the Taluk Supply Officer or City Rationing Officer, as the case may be, for help.

The officer is bound to generate the password and communicate it to the consumer through phone or email. The department has strictly banned the officers from summoning consumers to the office to provide the password. Besides Akshaya centres, private centres too can help consumers download and take printout of the card. They should not charge more than the Akshaya centres.

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The Civil Supplies Department has launched a consumer-friendly facility to correct mistakes in ration cards and also for linking Aadhaar numbers. Details that can be corrected include names of cardholders, initials, address, relation with the cardholder, employment details of members and information regarding LPG connection.

PM Mikati launches ration card support platform, ESSN project

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Prime Minister Najib Mikati stressed on Wednesday during the launch of ration card support platform and Emergency Social Safety Net project, that he will wait a little more before calling for a cabinet session, hoping that “everyone will be convinced to separate the Council from everything that has nothing to do with it, especially since they agreed that judiciary is independent.”

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He added that he is “still seeking to solve the economic, financial and social crises,” pointing out that government work is ongoing to complete the required financial, economic, service and social files, in order to approve them whenever cabinet sessions resume.

“We are meeting today under difficult economic, financial and social conditions that our people are going through, which can no longer be addressed except by emergency measures,” Mikati mentioned.

He then announced the launch of ration card support platform and Emergency Social Safety Net project, which aims to ease people’s difficult living conditions with the funding and support of World Bank and UN, as well as the follow-up of the Parliament.

Mikati also indicated that the payment process will start at the beginning of the new year with a retroactive effect from January 2022, after the end of registration starting today until two months.

Supplyco’s mobile Maveli stores to cover distant rural villages

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Shops on wheels sell essential items, including rice and pulses, at an affordable price

Responding quickly to public concerns over the price hike of essential commodities, the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation’s mobile Maveli units have started covering village areas under four taluks in Kozhikode district. The four vehicles which were flagged off by people’s representatives on Thursday are loaded with 13 essential items including rice and pulses to ensure an affordable purchase for ration card holders.

Supplyco’s Assistant Regional Manager Manoj Kumar says the two-day special drive is expected to cover maximum number of distant villages where consumers have limited access to fair price outlets controlled by the government. Compared to the high market price, Supplyco products are now offered at a very affordable price to ration card holders, he adds.

The total sales of ₹4.38 lakh during the two-day special drive recently conducted in Kasaragod and Wayanad districts have been a rewarding experience for the Supplyco authorities to proceed with the mobile fairs covering more taluks in other northern Kerala districts. There are nine vehicles now in service for the Mobile Maveli units in Kozhikode and Kannur districts.

According to the Supplyco authorities, the units have been doing well in Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad and Kasaragod districts. Wayanad district has four permanent units covering Kalpetta, Manathavady and Sultan Bathery. In Kannur district, the permanent units are functioning at Taliparamba and Thalassery. Kozhikode district has two units covering Koduvally and Vadakara areas, they point out.

The main intention behind launching the mobile units is to reach out to financially backward segments and tribespeople in rural areas. Five major village pockets will be covered by the vehicles a day. Detailed schedules have already been circulated in various villages to attract public participation. To clarify doubts, there is also a control room at the State headquarters. The drive may be extended after reviewing the public response to the service.