In India’s heart of darkness, biometric ration card is flicker of hope for a million

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Manifestation à New Delhi contre la faim, organisé par le PAM (programme alimentaire mondila ou WFP en anglais) © AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH

At a ration shop in Raygada, a town in the Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput hunger zone of Orissa, a tribal hands over a smart ration card, a little larger than a PAN card, to the shopkeeper who swipes it in a card reader. The person then places his thumb on a scanner that has stored fingerprints of authorised users. The machine beeps, signalling an OK. Identity established, the shopkeeper hands him his quota of rice and an acknowledgement slip stating the quantity of ration drawn.

Indian express

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