Mangaluru, June 11, 2016: A total of 93,000 ration cards have been distributed in Dakshina Kannada district in last 3-years. Likewise, 32,751 ration cards too have been cancelled in this period. The process of linking Aadhaar card with ration cards too is on in the district and 1.71 lakh cards have been linked thus far.
The department of food and civil supplies is yet to dispose 13,000 applications received for ration cards and new ration cards will be distributed at the earliest. Raju Mogaveera, deputy director of the department, informed members of Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat that ration card holders need not go to taluk centres for getting their biometric details captured and can instead get this done at the panchayat office. M S Mohammad, member, said the question of cancelling ration card to BPL families will not arise if the verification is done with due diligence at the card issuing stage itself.
RTE Confusion : The meeting also discussed in length the problems faced by parents in getting their children admitted to private schools under RTE Act. The main issue, Mamatha Gatty, member said pertains to schools deciding on their jurisdictional boundary which lies up to 1 km. Noting that there is enough confusion on this issue, she said this is denying many children their rightful chance at quality education. Members Vinod Kumar, Harish Kanjipili and others voiced their views.
Deputy director, department of public instruction, Walter D’Mello said a total of 1,889 seats have to be distributed under RTE in Dakshina Kannada district. In the first phase, 927 seats have been allotted and the remaining seats will be allotted in the second phase. As per government guidelines, students will not be admitted under RTE in schools that are outside the village limits in rural areas, the official said and awareness has been created on the issue. P I Sreevidya, chief executive officer, Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat, said strict action will be taken against schools covered under the Act if they are found to be needlessly harassing students and parents for admission under RTE.