E-ration cards in Delhi from next week-TOI, 21 March, 2015
Government sources said other details concerning application and allocation of ration cards would also be made available online. "If one has an Aadhaar card, they can apply for a ration card online as well. Even those who have applied for the cards but yet to receive the same, they can apply afresh on the basis of the Aadhaar number. People can also apply through the office of the local MLA," said a source.
In case one has no Aadhaar card, they need to produce three documents as proof of identity.
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had earlier told TOI that the online system would help curb corruption and would lead to greater transparency.
Similar services have also been announced by Punjab and Maharashtra though Delhi will be the first to actually implement it. more
NEED OF THE HOUR IS E RATION...I.E. PDS should be for BPL and only its drawal should be ensured by real BPL and not middlemen acting in the guise of aap volunteers more
1) No system can be fool proof and always carry some demerit inherent in it. Good governance is all about continuous improvement in the existing systm.
2) Maximum automation and standardization in processes with minimum manual control is a welcome step to minimise corruption/ manipulation/ undue favours and expedite disposal of required services. Online payments, banking, e-ticketing, customer services, return filing have made life of a common man much easier. I still remembr when I used to take one day leave just for paying electricity and telephone bills each activity taking 2-3 hours each due to long queues in front of telephone & DESU office cash counters. Now it requires 2 minutes only. However, old age option is also available. Would you like to go to these offices for payment of your bills, although there is not much waiting?
3) Coming to the main issue of poor and illiterate people, Chances of expoitation is much more by human beings than machines. Poor need not own laptops for availing all these facilities, all they need is awareness of how to operate machine. Today even the poor knows how to use mobiles and ATMs. Can you find out any citizen, at least in NCR, without mobile? All facilities can be made available on mobile, through various free apps, and days are not far away when every citizen will be transacting through mobiles only.
4) Hardware like ATM type machines can be placed at various locations in Delhi with user friendly software. If you can request cheque book by pressing single button and get it at your door step, why not ration card, ID, Adhar, DL etc by by uploading unique numbers of required documents. more