By Dr. Dhanu Raj and Deepthi Mary Mathew
As expected, there is long queue of persons outside the taluk supply offices for commissions and omissions in the new batch of ration cards getting ready for distribution in Kerala. Taking into account the huge turnout at the taluk offices, the Minister for Food and Civil Supplies has issued a statement directing the village and panchayat offices to accept complaints regarding corrections. Already late in the issuing of ration cards for a whopping 7.8 million households, this exercise has made a mockery of the “digitally literate State” of Kerala. Thanks to the obdurate philosophy of governance nurtured by the major political parties that have been in power successively.
The data entry work for the renewal of ration cards is carried out by various government agencies like Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (CDIT), Akshaya and Kudumbashree, which works under the Department of Local Self Government, Akshaya, under the IT Department, and CDIT under the Department of Information and Public Relations.