Alappuzha: The number of ration cards in the state has increased to 85.28 lakh. In one month, the number increased by 1.69 lakh. As applications are still being invited, the number will go up further. Even though the number of cards went up, it hasn’t affected distribution of ration share to the families. Thanks to the E-PoS machines, there is considerable reduction in the ration irregularities.

With this, the ration share of the non-prioritised and non-subsidised card holders increased to 5 kg. Earlier it was 2 kg.

At the same time, the beneficiaries of Antyodaya Anna Yojana, prioritized and prioritized with subsidy card holders are being given ration just like earlier with subsidy. There is no provision to give them more share. Hence the excess ration being left after E-PoS distribution is given to non-subsidized section.

The reason for the reduction in irregularities is that the share of the people who didn’t buy ration can be clearly known through E-PoS machines. At present 10 to 15 percent of the people are not buying ration. Earlier these ration share were sold in black market. But now, these are being directly supplied to people.

When the E-PoS machines are directly connected to the weighing balance, the quantities of distribution can be properly valued and the irregularities can be checked. Civil supplies department is of the opinion that with this, more ration can be given to people.

As per 2013 Food Security Act, central government is providing 14.25 lakh ton ration to Kerala. Out of this, 10.25 lakh ton is distributed to prioritized section of 1.54 crore population. The rest 4 lakh ton is distributed to other sections.