Punjab government has decided to link the Aadhaar Cards with Ration Cards to digitalised the Public Distribution System (PDS). Government link Aadhaar card with ration cards to stop the corruption of the ration depot owners. After linking of ration card with aadhaar number people are able to get ration from every ration depot in the district and state.
Government has started this scheme to provide transparency in the supply of food between public and Public Distribution System (PDS). State Food and Civil Supplies Department will also issued RuPay cards to 31.28 lac ration card holders of the state to provide online ration from PDS depots.
Under this scheme government will also link these cards with bank account of the individual to transfer the subsidy amount direct to bank accounts of the ration card holder. Government will provide various benefits to ration card holders online. Senior officers said that all the details of the beneficiaries have been given to the banks by the state food and civil supplies department so that these can be linked with Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) accounts.
Government will also provide a life insurance cover of Rs. 30,000 to beneficiaries under this scheme. State Food and Civil Supplies Department have taken a survey and detect around 8,000 bogus ration cards in the state. After linking of Aadhaar cards with ration cards people will enjoy various facilities and services to avail their ration.