JAMMU: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali on Thursday said that Aadhar Card is not mandatory for consumers to get their ration quota till June 2017.
He said that some complaints were received where consumers were asked to furnish Aadhar Card details to get ration from various ration stores.
He clarified that although Centre has made it compulsory, however, J&K government giving relaxation to its consumers has extended date till June 2017. He said that no Aadhar Card should be demanded till June.
The Minister said that Aadhar Card will not be mandatory for getting ration in Jammu and Kashmir till June 2017, and instructed officers of the Department to provide ration to the beneficiaries on ration ticket.
“We will make it mandatory after maximum enrolment is done and efforts are on to get everyone enrolled by that time,” he said, adding that government want people to cooperate in the enrollment process.
However the Minister has termed Aadhar Card an important document. He said that Aadhar Card enrolment is for the benefits of people and it can be used everywhere to get benefits from government schemes. He added that in the digital world, people should voluntarilily switch over to digital system for the accountibility and transparency.
He appealed people to enroll themselves and get Aadhar Card as this will be an important document in future.