As the centre sets a deadline to link Aadhaar and ration cards, the Assembly’s Committee on Women Empowerment on Friday asked the state government to urge the Centre on the need to delay the process of linking NFSA cards to Aadhaar.
Assembly’s Committee on Women Empowerment chairperson, Ampareen Lyngdoh told reporters after a meeting held with the officials of the food civil supplies and consumer affairs department said, “We request all residents not to panic but yes as is done in the other 16 states automation of NFSA is going to be a real thing happening in our state. The Government of India has given December, this year as the last date to link NFSA and non NFSA cards to Aadhaar.”
The committee member and Nongpoh MLA, Mayralborn Syiem however said the present enrollment for Aadhaar in the state is only at 32 percent and it is next to impossible for the state government to meet the deadline given by the Centre.
“In view of this, the committee has suggested the state chief secretary to take up with the Centre to delay the process of linking the NFSA cards to Aadhaar,” he said.
On the overcharging of PDS rice, Syiem said that the department has received over 61 complaints of which 21 have been disposed of so far while the remaining are still being taken up.
He informed that the committee has also discussed the Centre’s move implementing the one nation, one ration card and felt that there is need for creating awareness among the citizens since this has been accepted by 16 states across the country.
Earlier, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a nation-wide roll out of ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme by March 2021.