To make the poor also get the essential items, ration shops have been providing them with ration items at subsidized rates is known. Now, the ration card has been converted into a smart card type to make it easy for the public.
Those who buy essential items from the ration shops using ration cards keep their fingerprints on the devices at these shops and then take the items.
There are many Tamilians living in other states in India and there are many from other states residing in Tamil Nadu. They have been getting all the essential items from the ration shops easily.
For the Pongal festival, the CM of TN Mr. M.K. Stalin gave orders regarding providing a Pongal gift package containing 21 items. The public got the Pongal gift based on this order. It must be noted that the fingerprint registration was put on hold due to the delivery of the Pongal gift. Out of station ration card holders were unable to get the essential items. The Pongal festival gift package work has been completed now and soon and it is said that the fingerprinting system would be reintroduced once again. By this, persons from other states in TN would be able to get the essential items from the ration shops here.