UP govt tells Allahabad HC that all family members' Aadhaar will be linked with ration cards for PDS

Allahabad: The Aadhaar numbers of all members of a family, not just the head of a household, will be linked with their ration card to ensure an unhindered supply of goods under the public distribution system (PDS), the Uttar Pradesh government informed the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday.

 UP govt tells Allahabad HC that all family members Aadhaar will be linked with ration cards for PDS

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The state government placed a copy of a circular, issued to the effect on 17 July, before a division bench comprising Chief Justice DB Bhosale and Justice MK Gupta which was hearing a PIL filed by seven members of the Nagar Palika Parishad of Kandhla in the Shamli district.

The petitioners had moved the court contending that Aadhaar enabled PDS was introduced in the state last year wherein ration was to be distributed after scanning the thumb impression of the head of the household.

The petitioners had further contended that in many cases the head of the household happened to be an elderly person, physically incapable of visiting a PDS shop, and such a system deprived the concerned family of the benefits which was in violation of the Food Security Act.

The state government had, on 11 July, sought time for taking "appropriate action in the matter".

It placed the circular, issued by principal secretary, civil supplies, to all district magistrates, before the court on Tuesday.

Expressing satisfaction with the move, the court disposed off the petition.

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Updated Date: Jul 19, 2017 09:29:55 IST