Below-Poverty-Line (BPL) families in Chandigarh, India will begin to receive smart cards in place of their ration cards in April of next year, according to indianexpress.com. BPL families will be able to use the cards to purchase subsidized food grains.
To prevent theft, the cards will hold biometric data of each member of the family, including either fingerprints or iris scans.
Cardholders will also be able to follow their account balances online.
The cards will be phased in gradually over the next two years, with the first wave comprising 50,000 cards.
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