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Govt. weeds out 2.33 cr Bogus Ration Cards, saves Rs. 10000 cr

Union Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said 2.33 crore bogus ration cards have been weeded out all over the country, that nearly paralysed the public distribution system, due to Aadhaar seeding.
•    Addressing a conference on reforms in Public Distribution System (PDS), Pawan revealed that this weeding led to ‘Rightful Targeting of Food Subsidies’ of Rs 14,000 crore.
•    Eliminating duplicate or fake ration cards will help save a lot in subsidy bill annually.
•    The Union Minister also stressed on the importance and role digitisation played in automating 1.5 lakh fair price shops. He urged states to expedite reforms.
•    As on March 31, 2015, there were 11 crore households with public distribution system (PDS) ration cards.
•    The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution is a government ministry of India. The Ministry is headed by a minister of Cabinet rank. 
•    The ministry is divided into two departments, the Department of Food and Public Distribution and the Department of Consumer Affairs .

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