Ration Card Camps Turning Disaster Camps
Though cardholders at each camp is limited to 1200, there are not enough personnel to handle the rush | Akhil Rajarathinam
On Jan 29, 2015

Trivandrum: Ration Card renewal has been the common man's agenda for some weeks now. But as it usually happens, this too is becoming a headache to both the common man and the authorities.

The problems start right from the filling of forms to the lack of planning and coordination in these camps. Earlier itself, there were rumours from many corners that filling of the application itself was a cumbersome process. Even the instruction list provided along with the form had errors.

”My form doesn't have my card number which almost made my form invalid,” said Prathapan, a local merchant while talking to Yentha.

The situation in the photo camp is worse. Although, the number of cardholders at each camp is limited to 1200, there is not enough personnel to handle the rush which leads to serpentine queues.

Most of the people attending the camp are old ladies, as the card is being issued to the senior lady of a family. There were many incidents of women fainting while standing in these long queues.

The failure of the cameras and network are also becoming a headache for the staff. “We’ve complained about the present problems to CDIT officials, who provide the technical support to us,” said one of the officials at the counter.

As per the latest announcement from the Civil Supplies minister’s office, the camp which was supposed to conclude on 4 March has been extended to 30 March.

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