The ration cards in the form of booklets will be made ‘smart’ by changing into the size of an ATM card. This can be used as an identity card as well. The first phase of distribution will take place from November 1 onwards.
The front side of the card will show the photo, barcode and QR code of the owner whereas the other side carries the information regarding monthly income, the number of the ration store and whether the house has an electricity connection, LPG gas connection etc.
Rs 25 will be collected as the service charge for converting ration card into smart card whereas the priority category will be exempted from the fee, said G R Anil, the Minister for Food and Civil Supplies.