Ernakulam: The ongoing efforts to streamline the ration priority list in Ernakulam have resulted in the exclusion of thousands of cards that were previously categorised without merit. Over the last three months, 8,410 ration cards in the district have been shifted from the priority category.
The process of identifying and removing individuals from the priority list began three years ago and has gained momentum with the cancellation of cards belonging to the priority category. Specifically, cards that had not been used to purchase rations for approximately three months were flagged for review and subsequently cancelled.
However, individuals who have been excluded from the list still have the opportunity to be reinstated if they can provide the necessary documentation to substantiate their eligibility for priority status. The data collection process for this eviction initiative involved thorough scrutiny of the information available on the website of the Civil Supplies Department.
As of now, the state of Kerala boasts a total of 59,050 priority cards. Simultaneously, action has been taken against individuals found to be receiving ration benefits unjustly. To maintain fairness and prevent misuse of the system, the benefits that were previously allocated to cancelled cards will now be redirected to eligible recipients through local governing bodies.
It’s essential to note that certain criteria have been established to define eligibility for the priority category. Individuals with a flat area exceeding 1,000 square feet, those employed in government or semi-government positions, pension recipients, and individuals with a monthly income surpassing Rs. 25,000 will not be eligible for priority ration benefits. Likewise, individuals working abroad or those possessing more than one acre of property will also be excluded from this category.