Government to issue ration cards only in the name of women
Jamshedpur: East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar on Monday said those families not getting ration continuously for two to three months would be entitled to get compensation. He also said that children not getting midday meal for three days continuously or missing it at least five days a month would be given food security allowance.
Addressing a workshop on National Food Security Act 2013 convened at the Jamshedpur Collectorate auditorium, the DC said those facing any difficulty in getting ration from the PDS shops should contact the district officials concerned on the toll free number 1800212551. Food security allowance would also be given to children in anganbari centres. Under Matri Vandana scheme, pregnant women would be given Rs 6000 for nutritious food in four instalments after registration, Kumar said.
Also present at the workshop, Dr Ranjana Kumari, member of Jharkhand State Food Commission, said those not getting ration even after dialling up the toll free number may complain to the DGRO or ADC.
Kumari further said that the ration card benefits would not be available to government staff, owners of pucca houses with three rooms, individuals having washing machine or refrigerator at home or those having 10 decimal land. Those availing the benefits undeservedly would be fined and their ration cards would be cancelled, she said.
Kumari said the state government had decided to issue ration cards only in the name of women. In case the only female member in the family is a minor, the cards would be issued in the name of the eldest family member. After attaining majority, the ration cards would be re-issued in the name of the female member, she said.
Today’s meeting was also attended by ADC Saurav Kumar Sinha, Haldhar Mahato, Ramkaran Ranjan and Upendra Oraon.