Food ministry extends deadline for seeding Aadhaar with ration cards

The food ministry on Monday said the deadline for seeding of Aadhaar with ration cards has been extended till September and stressed that all beneficiaries will continue to get their quota of foodgrains even if they do not possess the biometric identifier.

The ministry issued this clarification on reports that ration cards of those who do not provide Aadhar number will be cancelled.

“The timeline given to all states/UTs, under the Aadhaar notification of the Department of Food and Public Distribution dated February 7, 2017  (as amended from time-to-time) to complete the seeding of Aadhaar numbers with all ration cards/beneficiaries, has been extended up to September 30, 2020 by the department,” an official statement said.

Until then, the ministry had issued clear instructions to all states and union territories (UTs) that no genuine beneficiary or household should be denied from entitled quota of food grains, it said.

“Their names/ration cards should not be deleted/cancelled only on the ground of not possessing an Aadhaar number,” the ministry said.