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Andaman gets food subsidy in cash for ration card holders

Posted on Oct 26, 08:26AM | UNI

Andaman and Nicobar Islands have finally got approval for implementation of alternate models for transfer of cash food subsidy to the Ration Card Holders of the A and N Islands.

The model was approved by the Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lt. Gen (Retd.) Bhopinder Singh, recently.

Accordingly, the Department of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (CS and CA) of Andaman Administration will credit the subsidy amount into the account of the beneficiary every month depending on the category of the card the beneficiary is holding instead of distribution of food grain and sugar to them.

The amount of subsidy will be directly transferred to the respective beneficiaries through the Bank Account of the head of the family as notified in the Ration Card in advance.

'The beneficiary will withdraw the money and use it to buy the food grains from the FPS dealer. Further the department will devise a suitable mechanism to monitor the subsidy provided by the Govt. for each beneficiary so that the subsidy amount is utilized in good spirit for the purpose for which the amount is transferred,' a release from Department of CS and CA said here today.

The local Administration has urged all Ration Card Holders drawing ration items from Fair Price Shops (FPSs) and having Saving Bank Account in any of the Bank, to furnish their account number to the Directorate of Civil Supplies, through their respective FPSs where his/her ration card is registered.

This was a long pending demand in Andaman and Nicobar Island to transfer of cash for ration card holders since a long time, as many believe that this will put an end to black marketing of ration items.

'This is a welcome step and we believe that thousands of people will get benefitted from this,' K Ganeshan, the Chief Spokesperson of Pradesh Congress Committee told UNI today.