Kerala to discard colour-code for ration cards

Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has decided to do away with colour coded rations cards, which were introduced to differentiate among priority category beneficiaries and others. The move comes amid criticism that the reform is discriminatory.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the authorities concerned to give uniform colour to all the rations cards while marking the category of the card holder inside the card.

His decision comes in the wake of objections raised against the coloured ration cards, that the norm categorize some people as ‘poor’ due to the colour of the card.

At present, the card holders are divided into andhyodaya (economically backward), priority, non-priority and general categories who are given yellow, pink, blue and white cards respectively. The coloured ration cards were introduced when the cards were renewed last time.

Those in the priority list will continue to get benefits allotted to the previous BPL card holders. The government will review the list of 4.3 lakh people who were previously provided medical subsidy but was later omitted from the list. Out of the 4.3 lakh, around 2.6 lakh people are found to be eligible for the medical benefits.

A meeting held in the presence of Chief Minister decided to allot temporary ration cards to people who have joined the Life Mission scheme. The meeting also decided to speed up the works of regularisation and computerisation of the PDS priority list.  

Article source: Kerala News

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