Ration cards to be made available at e-seva kiosksNews — By The Desk on May 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM
Times of India: Citizens will no longer have to visit zonal offices of the foodgrain distribution department to apply for a new ration card. The district administration on Tuesday announced that citizens can now visit the Maha e-seva kiosks for various works pertaining to ration cards – such as issuing of a new card or effecting any changes in the existing card.
“We will start the new initiative from June 1 at 48 Maha e-seva kiosks located across the city. Citizens can just walk in and submit their applications. They can also receive the ration cards at the same kiosks,” said district collector Vikas Deshmukh, while addressing a news conference here on Tuesday.
He said that acceptance of applications at Maha e-seva kiosks will restrict interference from agents, as is largely seen at the zonal offices. Besides, citizens will save on the travel time and will not have to wait in queues at zonal offices to get their work done.
There are about nine lakh ration card holders in the city. The district administration often receives complaints about delay in issuing of cards by the zonal offices. Confirming that there was pendency of applications at the zonal offices, Deshmukh said the administration was planning to hold a special drive in the near future to clear the pendency. He said, “We will scrutinise applications that have been pending for long and make sure that some decision would be taken either to process the applications or cancel them.”
In another initiative, from the new academic year starting June, the administration has decided to make it compulsory for all schools in the city and district to establish a system for issuing certificates such as domicile, income, cast and creamy layer certificates. The collector said, “The programme will run for students of std VIII, IX and X, so that they do not have to rush around to procure these certificates after the std X examination. We will approach the school education board to take the initiative to every school in the city and rural parts. The schools will have to collect the applications and submit to the district administration for further scrutiny.”
UID work to resume in district
Work of issuing unique identification number ( UID), which had come to a standstill for the last two months, is set to resume. The district collector, Vikas Deshmukh, on Tuesday said the work will soon begin in the areas that come under the eight municipal councils, three cantonments and 13 talukas of the rural parts of Pune district. About 38% population from these areas had applied for UIDs till the work was suspended. The second phase will be undertaken by three agencies. About 200 machines will be deployed to take photographs and thumb impressions of applicants, Deshmukh added.