Karnataka is the first state in India to bring the public distribution system under 'e-Governance' with the distribution of computerised ration cards to beneficiaries.
Former Food and Civil Supplies Minister and Gundlepet MLA H.S. Mahadev Prasad has said, while inaugurating 'Akshaya', a pilot project to issue computerised temporary ration cards, at Halahalli in Gundlepet taluk that he thought of a computerised public distribution system to avoid the circulation of bogus ration cards. He said Rs.100 crore could be saved every year with the elimination of bogus ration cards. Mr. Prasad said Rs. 750 crore was being spent on computerised ration cards in the State. It was impossible to get duplicate cards in the new system as a thumbnail impression of the beneficiary was scanned and recorded in the card. Mr. Prasad emphasised the need to use technology to ensure a proper public distribution system in the State.