Punjab Smart Ration Card Scheme - to Replace Atta-Dal Scheme Blue Cards

Published Date - 06 March 2018 01:46:47 Updated Date - 06 March 2018 03:52:13

The state government of Punjab is going to release new Atta-Dal Smart Scheme Cards for the beneficiaries of Atta-Dal Smart Scheme. Earlier the government announced that the Atta dal blue cards will be replaced by new cards under this scheme. Under this scheme the distribution of wheat under the Atta – Dal scheme would be done at the doorstep of the beneficiary by the department itself. CM Amarinder Singh has decided to issue smart cards against the tradition blue cards under new Smart Ration Card Scheme.

These smart cards will provide the benefits of its PDS system and the Attal-Dal schemes reach the right beneficiaries in a smooth manner.

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh decided to give them smart cards in place of blue cards under Smart Ration Card Scheme issued to them by the previous SAD-BJP government.

Smart Ration Card Scheme

The Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Broadcasting Engineering Consultants Indian Ltd. (BECIL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) has got the direction from the state government for implementing the work of computerization of TPDS. The companies will follow a proper price discovery mechanism for successful implementation the scheme.

This new Smart Ration card scheme is being implemented under the National Food Security Act-2013. The state government has already seeded all the details of the beneficiaries with their Aadhar numbers. All the details of the cardholder beneficiaries have been digitized and are available at the transparency portal of Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Punjab at http://foodsuppb.nic.in.


The block wise list of active fair price shops is also available on the same portal and can be accessed by selecting the district and block at the below link.
Punjab Active Fair Price Shop List

The state government would also provide e-PoS (Electronic Point of Sale) machines would be deployed at various purchase centers, DCP godowns and FPS in the state. These machines would be linked to the weighing machines and IRIS scanners. The machines would use the bio-metric Aadhar based identification of the beneficiaries.

The new smart ration cards in place of normal blue card will help increase the efficiency and bring more transparency in the whole public distribution system.

More details about the earlier Atta – Dal scheme are available at http://foodsuppb.nic.in/newattadal.html


Benefits of Atta Dal Scheme New Smart Cards

Here are the  benefits of Atta Dal Smart Scheme.

  • The new smart cards will enable the people to take the benefits if this scheme at their door.
  • The scheme was one of the flagship programs of the Badal government under which atta and dal is provided to the below poverty line families on subsided rates.
  • The smart card, without any picture, will be linked with the Aadhaar card of the beneficiary. The scheme will be computerized and execution will start shortly.
  • Congress government has ordered replacing the Atta-Dal scheme cards — having pictures of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

The New Atta Dal scheme being run by the State government was brought under the ambit of the above Act. As per the orders of the State government, the New Atta Dal Scheme has been renamed as Smart Ration Card Scheme.


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