From now swipe biometric cards at PDS stores

Sep 26 2012, 12:56 IST
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The Lucknow-Agra expressway is Akhilesh’s dream project. The Lucknow-Agra expressway is Akhilesh’s dream project.
SummarySports college for CM’s village, Lucknow-Agra expressway to pass through Yadav stronghold.

Sports college for CM’s village, Lucknow-Agra expressway to pass through Yadav stronghold

The UP cabinet on Tuesday gave nod to the use of “biometric smart cards” in Public Distribution System (PDS) of the state to check pilferage and ensure transparency.

The use of biometric smart card, which was implemented in Sitapur district on a trial basis two years ago, will now be applied in one district in each of the 18 divisions in the first phase and later extended to rest of the state.

The biometric smart card will replace manual entry on ration cards. The fair price shop owners will be given “point of sale” machines by the government to swipe the cards. Since fingerprint of the card holder will be required in each transaction, it will help curb pilferage. The system has been implemented in other states like Haryana, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Goa among others. The cabinet also decided to charge Rs 20 from each of the Antyodya card holder for issuing the biometric card, while Rs 50 from the BPL card holder and Rs 100 from the Above Poverty Line card holders.

The cabinet took a few decisions aimed to benefit people in the SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s stronghold of Etawah. The government has decided to set up a sports college for boys in Saifai, the native village Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The college will come up on 71.25 acre plot and will have hostel for accommodation for 80 boys in the beginning.

While approving the 270-km long Lucknow-Agra expressway project through Public Private Partnership model on Tuesday, the path of the expressway has been selected in such a manner that it would pass through all the significant districts of SP strongholds like Etawah, Mainpuri, Kannauj, Firozabad etc. The estimated cost of the project has been estimated at Rs 10,400 crore and it criss cross seven districts, including Agra, Firozabad, Etawah, Mainpuri, Kannauj, Hardoi and Lucknow. It was also decided that there will be green belt of at least 10.25 metre wide all along the expressway.

Other decisions

To facilitate Uttar Pradesh Sehkari Gram Vikas Bank Ltd to take loan and other financial help from National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD), the state cabinet cleared proposal to provide Rs 4,100 crore government guarantee to NABARD for 2012-2013. The cabinet also gave approval to the bank to take loan up to Rs 900 crore till June 2013.

The cabinet cleared

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