So far, 50 Lakh smart ration cards have been made. The activity of issuing the new smart ration card in place of the old ration card commenced on 1st April in Tamil Nadu.
However, it could not be started in Chennai district as the by-election for the R.K. Nagar legislative assembly constituency had been announced on 12th April and the Election Commission rules and regulations were in force. So, the smart ration cards were distributed in all districts except Chennai from 1st April.
Up to yesterday (Thursday, 20th April), 50 lakh smart ration cards had been printed. Out of this, 11 Lakh smart ration cards have been distributed to the public.
An official from the department of food explained regarding this that some customers complained about mistakes in the card. The mistake might be originally from the Aadhar card from which the details were linked and integrated into the smart ration card.
However, actions have been initiated to distribute error-free smart ration cards. In order to ensure this the ration card holders will have to go on the internet to check their card details before going to the ration shop to collect it.
So, it is advisable for the ration card holder to visit the website www.tnpds.gov.in
and see the details after entering the cell number they had given. They can check and confirm whether details such names, address, etc., are proper, In case everything is proper, the smart ration card would have been printed. This information can also be seen on the website.
The cards which contain errors will be printed only after corrections are made. So, it is important that all ration cards must check and confirm the correct details on the smart ration card on the internet.
There are 20.10 Lakh ration cards in Chennai Metro. Out of this, only 8 Lakh ration card holders have given the full details including Aadhar card. The balance ration cards have given Aadhar card details for only 1 or 2 members but not all the members given in the ration card.
So, the distribution of smart ration cards is set to commence today (Friday, 21st April) only for those who have furnished the full Aadhar details.