Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced that new ration cards will be given to the eligible domiciled persons of the state. However, before issuing, the government is also planning to tackle the problem of fake ration cards in circulation, which will be cancelled.
According to an estimate, there are about 8 lakh fake ration cards in circulation. A final decision in this regard can be taken after a high level meeting with the Chief Minister.
At present, about 87.56 lakh ration cards are in operation in the state, benefiting 2.8 crore consumers.
The Telangana government bears an outlay of Rs 2200 crore as subsidy on rice delivered through the Public Distribution System (PDS).
The authorities have already canceled around 10 lakh fake ration cards after identifying the migrant population, in which a single family has more than one card, besides receiving details of those who are also absent from home. Despite the benefits of rationing.
Since no new ration cards were issued in the state and people were eagerly waiting for the new ration cards to be issued, there are a large number of applications for cards in every district of the state, which are under verification.
More than 1.65 lakh applications are pending in Greater Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district only.