Online facility to apply for APL Cards launched in Karnataka

Bengaluru, January 9
Karnataka citizens who want to get Above Poverty Line (APL) Cards from the food department can now apply online from anywhere in the world and get the Card at their doorstep within 15 days. Claimed to be for the first time such facility introduced in the Country, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies U T Khader today launched the system to enable people apply for APL Cards Online. He said the new system will not only solve the hardship faced by the public but also eradicate complaints about corruption for obtaining APL Cards and by selecting the nearest PDS shop the card holder can get the provision easily. He said that one can download the application by visiting website www.ahara.kar.nic.in and for applying Aadhar number is a must. After submitting the application, one will get temporary Ration Card immediately and if applied, permanent card will be supplied within 15 days. Khader told newsmen here that the Centre is yet to implement its populous Ujjala scheme in the state and about four lakh applications are pending.
He said that under the Ujjala scheme the Centre will only provide Cable and Regulator, LPG Cylinder and Gas stove have to be purchased by the beneficiaries. The state government has decided to supply free of cost the Gas stove to help the poor people.
Khader said that after linking Aadhar to PDS, the State has saved about 4000 truck loads of
foodgrains. Ration shops have been asked to introduce Coupon system before March 31 and those who fail to a comply with will lose licence.

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