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The traditional system of door to door survey by an official team was discarded due to its inherent weakness of lack of transparency. It has been decided to replace the manual system with innovative technology. Among the biometric technologies normally used for identification, IRIS was found more reliable in comparison with finger print.
To avoid duplication of cards, cards with ineligible families/non-residents and to cover all the eligible families with ration cards, Government have issued orders vide G.O.Ms.No.57, CA, F & CS Dept., dated 13.5.05 and G.O.Ms.No.76, CA, F & CS Dept., dated 25.6.05 for issuance of computerized and laminated ration cards along with bar coded coupons adopting Iris Biometric Technology. The price of the computerized and laminated ration card along with bar coded copons for three years is Rs.40/- irrespective of APL/BPL card.
Revised eligibility criteria for BPL families is as follows:

Urban areas:

  1. families with an annual income of below Rs:24,000;

          i)    Eligible families as per the above norms are:

    1. Those residing in Slum / Weaker Section colonies, workers in informal sector like porters, coolies, rickshaw pullers and cart pullers, fruit and flower vendors on pavements;
    2. Families whose children are studying in Government schools
    3. Beggars / domestic servants / casual workers in unorganized sector

Rural areas:

    1. Families with an annual income of below Rs.20,000;
    2. Land holding not exceeding 2.5 acres wet or 5 acres dry
    3. Exclusion norms:

A guiding principle to identify families who may not be eligible for BPL (White cards) with the above eligibility norms may be:

  1. Cultivators possessing the land more than the above ceiling;
  2. Persons owning 2 wheelers / 3 wheelers / 4 wheelers such as scooters / motorcycles, etc (other than provided under Self Employment / Poverty Alleviation and the driver – cum – owner of auto rickshaws)
  3. Persons whose electricity consumption is more than Rs.6,000 per annum
  4. A pucca building with basic amenities having plinth area of 500 sq. ft. or more either owned or rented out
  5. Permanent employment in Government / organized sector like companies / industries / firm

 



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