Tvm: The Civil Supplies Department of the Kerala Government has launched an online system for submission of application forms for new Ration Cards. The new system was inaugurated today by the Minister for Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Shri C Divakaran at the NIC Training Centre in Trivandrum.
Speaking at the function, the Minister said that the new online system will help the department in clearing up the back log of about 6 lakh application forms for new Ration Cards in a time bound manner. He also said that IT enabled services would go a long way in helping and improving the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the state. This service which has been introduced in Trivandrum North today will be extended across Kerala by the end of August. All the 14,400 ration shops in the state are also being computerised.
An applicant has to use the ‘Citizen Login’ on the Civil Supplies website to access the service. After filling in all the details online in Malayalam, a print out of the form has to be submitted along with the relevant documents at the Taluk Supply Office for verification. The new Ration Card can be issued in one day if all the documents are in place. Those who don’t have Internet access can approach the nearest Akshaya Centre for this service, which will also accept the forms.
Speaking to Kerala IT News, Ajith Brahmanandan, Technical Director, NIC said that all the services associated with Ration Cards that are required by the citizens would be web enabled over the next few months. Apart from applying for new Ration Cards, addition of names, change of address, Reduction Certificate, Surrender Certificate, etc, are some services that will be available. Plans are also in place to introduce Transfer option once the details of the 68 lakh ration cards in the state are uploaded on the server.
Meanwhile, the training for personnel from the Taluk Supply Offices and Akshaya Centres for familiarising the online system which has been developed and designed by the National Informatics Centre, Kerala is also being done at the NIC training centre. The Department would take the help of Akshaya Centres if the backlog is not cleared by C-DIT, who is doing the work now.
K R Jyothilal IAS, Secretary, Food & Civil Supplies Department; Korath Mathew, Director, Akshaya and Dr. K S Raman, State Information Officer, NIC were among those present on the occasion.
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