Linking of Aadhaar with Ration Card

Linking of Aadhaar with Ration Card

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD & PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION
DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION

LOK SABHA 

UNSTARRED QUESTION N0.3371
TO BE ANSWERED ON 23R0 MARCH, 2022 

LINKING AADHAAR  WITH RATION CARD

3371. SHRI SHRINIWAS PATIL

Will the Minister of CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION be pleased to state:

(a) the number of ineligible or unverified beneficiaries removed from database after linking of Aadhaar with ration card, since 2014, State-wise and year-wise;

(b) whether the Ministry is aware of the magnitude of 'quantity discrepancy' where legitimate beneficiaries are given only a fraction of their entitlement by the PDS dealer;

LINKING AADHAAR  WITH RATION CARD

(c) if so, the details thereof, State-wise and year-wise;

(d) whether the Ministry is also aware that linking Aadhaar with ration card is leading to denial of entitlements to legitimate beneficiaries while having no impact on 'quantity discrepancy and

(e) if so, the step's being taken to curb 'quantity discrepancy'?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE FOR MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND
CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD & PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION

(SADHVI NIRANJAN JYOTI)

(a):   Under  the  National  Food  Security  Act,  2013  (NFSA),  inter-alia  the inclusion and exclusion of beneficiaries is the responsibility of the respective State/UT Governments. Further, inclusion and exclusion of beneficiaries under NFSA is an ongoing process as per the eligibility criteria evolved by the States/UTs. Accordingly, leveraging the implementation of information technology for  Targeted  Public .Distribution System (TPDS) reforms under  NFSA, digitization of  ration cards/beneficiaries' data, de duplication process, permanent migration, deaths, identification of ineligible/duplicate/fake ration cards, etc. the States/UTs so far have reported cancellation of about 4.28 Crore ration cards during the period 2014 to 2021.However, linking or non-linking of Aadhaar with ration cards is not a criterion for deletion/cancellation of ration cards under  NFSA. A statement showing State/UT wise, and year wise number of ration cards deleted by States/UTs during 2014 to 2021is at Annexure.

(b) & (c): To ensure all NFSA beneficiaries are in receipt of their monthly food grainsin full quantities as per the entitlements of their Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Household (PHH) ration cards, all States/UT have been advised vide time to time letters, meetings and video conferences to ensure the distribution of food grains at FPSs through transparent electronic Point of Sale . (ePoS) device transactions; along with biometric authentication of beneficiaries and provide ePoS printed transaction receipts to all beneficiaries in local/bilingual languages.

(d): Under the Notification dated 08/02/2017 (as amended from time to time), issued by the Department pursuant to Section-7 of the Aadhaar Act 2016, the timeline given to all States/UTs for linking of Aadhaar numbers of beneficiaries with their ration cards has been extended up to 31/03/2022. Until then, as per the extant instructions of the Department vide letters dated 24/10/2017 and 08/1112018, States/UTs have been advised that no genuine NFSA beneficiary/household shall be denied from receiving their entitled quota of subsidized foodgrains only for want of Aadhaar; or due to failure of biometric/Aadhaar authentication due to network/ connectivity/linking related issues, poor biometrics of the beneficiary or any other technical reasons.

(e): States/UTs were also advised to inte91·ate electronic weighing machines/scales with ePoS devices at all FPSs to ensure correct and transparent weighment of foodgrains by FPS dealers at the time of distribution.Presently, around 90% of monthly foodgrains allocated by the Department are distributed by the States/UTs through ePoS transactions.

ANNEXURE 

ANNEXURE REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PART (a) OF THE UNSTARRED QUESTION N0.3371 FOR ANSWER  ON 23.03.2022 IN THE LOK SABHA.

Statement showing State/UT wise, and year wise number of ration cards deleted by States/UTs during 2014 to 2021:

SI.

State/UT

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Total

1

Andhra Pradesh

5,45,987

1,29,202

4,75,023

5,449

15,209

12,762

24 ,523

13,128

12,21,283

2

Andaman & Nicobar

-

37

7

6

47

421

431

-

949

3

Arunachal Pradesh

1,059

115

4,396

56

-

-

-

-

5,626

4

Assam

-

-

1,08,681

42,077

1,35,250

22,412

21,291

11,120

3,40,831

5

Bihar

21,712

16,401

6,291

-

2, 18,051

3,92,713

99,404

-

7,54,572

6

Chandigarh

-

-

-

88

-

-

-

-

88

7

Chhattisgarh

7,10,000

1,43,000

1,50,000

1,50,000

56,834

1,38,967

4,508

4,368

13,57,677

8

DNH and Daman Diu

-

262

650

272

4,898

577

5,840

1,410

13,909

9

Delhi

-

38,496

22,696

3,969

2,56,987

381

518

-

3,23,047

10

Goa

93

1,45,471

10,115

6,146

1,130

888

148

59

1,64,050

11

Gujarat

64,079

45,833

22,119

18,965

95,659

23,038

47,936

11,958

3,29,587

12

Haryana

22,903

43,515

19,648

29,686

2,91,926

-

-

-

4,07,678

13

Himachal Pradesh

235

-

1,148

172

56,858

367

4,376

2,538

65,694

14

Jammu and Kashmir

640

3,325

50,709

664

3,428

13,869

13,224

Mb-_ , 85,859

15

Jharkhand

19

7,914

4,46,025

3,59,793

82,394

60,333

65,234

-

10,21,712

16

Karnataka

6,64,755

7,61,326

1,44,432

3,26,382

73,675

1,09,312

31,753

42,558

21,54,193

17

Kerala

57

-

-

-

3,314

2,543

52,475

1,04,511

1,62,900

18

Ladakh

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NIL

NIL

614

614

19

Lakshadweep

76

872

442

-

5

6

7

33

1,441

20

Madhya Pradesh

1,313

-

3,89,124

1,84,673

1,27,441

61,265

1,65,829

14,24,115

23,53,760

21

Maharashtra

85,160

8,20,780

11,55,908

-

12,81,922

6,53,677

1,31,986

36,119

41,65,552

22

Manipur

-

-

-

336

-

-

45,321

15,541

61,198

23

Meghalaya

-

-

-

-

2,568

10,525

16

-

13,109

SI.

.

State/U T '

.

"

201 4

2015

2016

201 7

2018

2019

2020

2021

Total

24

Mizoram

47

53

101

559

107

156

1,443

1,637

4,103

25

Nagaland

3,247

-

-

8,521

7,723

18,552

7,304

-

45,347

26

Odisha

-

-

6,50,471

35,740

-

-

-

-

6,86,211

27

Puducherry

10,629

56,121

9,886

3,290

3,533

2,093

1,881

1,731

89,164

28

Punjab

93,267

-

-

69,945

34,972

94,031

1,79,837

3,305

4,75,357

29

Rajasthan

-

26,329

13,71,230

73,110

8,016

72,276

5,80,241

1,35,283

22,66,485

30

Sikkim

-

-

11,714

1,126

3,377

5,622

6,981

-

28,820

31

Tamil Nadu

96,406

1,14,175

84,470

9,089

-

-

-

-

3,04,140

32

Telangana

11,71,354

83,048

5,21,790

41,194

3,101

40,684

12,154

NIL

18,73,325

33

Tripura

11,814

66,236

92,728

-

18,874

552

1,099

490

1,91,793

34

Uttar Pradesh

19,117

2,33,847

25,86,541

44,41,748

43,72,491

41,52,273

8,54,025

4,15,259

1,70,75,301

35

Uttarakhand

-

1,11,367

89,984

3,18,718

1,26,268

-

-

-

6,46,337

36

West Bengal

16,77,311

21,84,152

-

-

88,593

1,00,151

59,666

-

41,09,873

Total

52 , 01,280

50,31, 8 77

84,26,329

61,31,774

73,74,651

59,90,446

24,19,451

22,25,777

4 , 28,01,585


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