It was in December 2020 that Modi-led Central government issued a clarification stating that the reports that the ration cards will be cancelled in 3 months if it is not used to collect ration. While the beneficiaries heaved a sigh of relief back then, confusion prevailed in Telangana with Minister for Civil Supplies Gangula Kamalakar’s recent statement.
Speaking in the assembly about issuing new ration cards to the people, the minister stated that the centre has issued new guidelines in the line of which only 23,46,000 people are eligible for the ration cards in the state. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was in delay in issuing ration cards last year. In the past three years, 44,000 new cards were given and around 97,000 were pending,” he said.
Clarifying that there is no political interests in the move, Kamalakar further added that all the pending applications will be an issue after scrutiny. He also made it clear that the existing cards will be cancelled for non-withdrawal of rations for three months. He said the decision was taken by the government to providing subsidised rice to deserving families.