The Government of Haryana, India, has announced that it will soon make 5.2 million ration cards into smart cards. The government has earmarked an amount of INR 153 crore for this project. The state awaits the approval of the central government for implementing this scheme.
Haryana is the first state in India to start such a project for the Public Distribution System (PDS). Haryana State Electronic Development Corporation (Hartron) has been entrusted with the task of making these cards.
These cards will have details such as monthly entitlement per family when they make purchases at subsidised rates from the fair price shops.
The cards will store the finger print templates of the card holders in order to ensure that transactions can be done only by the concerned person.