In Gujarat, biometric data of 1.27 crore ration card holders is leaked, reports Sandesh newspaper
In Gujarat, biometric data of almost 1.27 crore ration card holders is leaked and fair price shop (FPS) owners are using pirated software to siphon food grains meant for these people, says a report from Sandesh, a Gujarati newspaper.
According to the report, with the help of this software, FPS owners are uploading data of ration card holder for obtaining food grains, which they are selling in open market later. By leaking this government’s secret data, there is a scam going on in the state, the report added.
Since past five years, Gujarat is using biometric devices to prevent FPS owners and ration card holders from misappropriating PDS foodgrain. Under the Scheme, fingerprints as well as important data of the ration card holder is collected. To obtain his quota of food grain, the card holders needs to personally visit the fair price shop, match his or her fingerprints on the system, and then get dal, rice, sugar and oil as per his allotted quota. The card holder will not receive the food grains if his or her fingerprints are not matched.
As per the report, a large number of FPS shop owners in Surat are purchasing this software consisting of leaked fingerprints data for Rs25,000. Using this software, the shop owners are creating and using coupons worth crores of rupees, without the knowledge of the ration card holder to procure and then sell food grains in open market. This is not only happening in Surat but throughout the state, the newspaper says quoting its sources.