Govt to make all ration shops Aadhaar-enabled by June

NEW DELHI: Government is planning to make all ration shops under the public distribution system in the country Aadhaar-enabled by June 30 this year, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said.

“We will make all 5.58 lakh ration shops Aadhar-enabled by June 30. We are in discussion with Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry for this. Our IT department will work with food and supply department to enable this. We will also request states to come on Aadhaar ecosystem,” Prasad told reporters here.

He said that the Government is soon going to roll out 20 lakh Aadhaar-enabled point of sales (PoS) machines for delivery of rations.

He said that already all ration cards in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan have been made Aadhar-enabled.

“In Gujarat, even payment in ration shops is being made using thumb impression which is linked to Aadhaar,” Prasad said. (AGENCIES)