Telangana Food Security Cards & Pensions, Identification of eligible household / Beneficiaries, Guidelines, Telangana Schemes, Intensive House Survey, TSKS
As per Reference, Collectors Meeting on October 7, 2014 with Hon’ble CM at Hyderabad; Government of Telangana intends to issue Food Security Cards to poor households and
sanction pensions to old age, widows, disabled, toddy tappers and weavers from the poorer households during November 2014.
The objective of providing food security cards is to
essentially help the poor with subsidized food grains and shall not be linked an other schemes
except food grains. Similarly pensions are provided to the elderly, widowed, handicapped and
certain artisans to live a life with dignity. These food security cards and pensions shall be
sanctioned to eligible households and beneficiaries as identified in the recently concluded
intensive household survey and through a process of verification by Tahsildars and MPDO’s
In continuation of the meeting with District Collectors and Hon’ble Chief Minister
on 07.10.2014, detailed planning needs to be done to ensure the proper identification of
Households / Beneficiaries from October 15, 2014 onwards. While pensions for the month of
October will be disbursed in the month of November, new food security cards will be issued
during the month of November. This would be possible only a detailed process of identification
and verification of beneficiaries. In doing so, care should be taken to ensure:
No eligible household / beneficiaries is excluded
No ineligible household / beneficiaries is included
There is a need to sensitize all Tahsildar to take up the heavy tasks with all seriousness.
The data collected during the Samagra Kutumba Survey may be used as a reference. In respect of
identification of beneficiaries under AAY Cards, the guidelines of the Commissioner Civil
Supplies and district wise allocations, which have been communicated earlier, may be kept in
Guidelines for Identifying Eligible households / Beneficiaries
The following guidelines are issued for identifying the eligible households / beneficiaries
- Applications for the Food Security Card & Pensions: Any person desirous of a food
security card or a pension shall submit an application written on paper and addressed to
the Tahsildar (in case of food security card) or the MPDO ( in case of a pension) of the
concerned Mandal for food security cards and Pensions.
The application shall contain the
minimum information like:
a. Name of the Mandal
b. Name of the Gram Panchayat
c. Name of the Habitation
d. Address; giving details of house number, locality etc.
e. Name of living Head of Household
f. Names of Family Members & Aadhar Card Number of all members of the
g. Mobile number of the Family numbers
All applications shall be submitted to the VRO / Gram Panchayat Secretary of the village
who shall in turn submit the same to the MRO.
The VRO / GP Special Officer shall give wide publicity among the
households through pamphlets, posters on public vehicles, hoardings and Tom-Tom
seeking the applications for Food Security Card from the poor households. The Village
Revenue Assistants (VRA) shall also visit each of the household under his/her
jurisdiction and inform the households to apply for Food Security Card/ pensions if they
Submission of Applications:
The collection of applications shall be done upto 15th of
October, 2014 by the VRO / GP Secretary. All applications submitted shall be entered in
a register which will give details of S.No. Name, Surname, Contact number date wise and
acknowledged to each applicant giving the serial number of his application. The
applications collected by VRO / GP Secretary shall be submitted to the Tahsildar of the
The Tahsildar of the Mandal shall be designated as the Nodal Officer for
identification of eligible households and beneficiaries for Food Security Cards and
Pensions. Similarly the MPDO shall be the nodal officer for identifying eligible
beneficiaries for pensions. Collectors may work out the modalities where the verification
could be done by a common team for FSC and Pensions and sent separately for approval
for pensions and food security cards to the MPDO/MRO respectively. For this purpose
the Tahsildar of the Mandal shall constitute verification officers from out of Tahsildar of
the Mandal, MPDO, Deputy Tahsildar, Revenue Inspectors and Senior Assistant
(Revenue Inspector Cadre).
The Tahsildar shall designate the above officials by allocating the Gram Panchayat’s of
the Mandal. Depending upon the availability of the above officers, the Gram Panchayat’s
of the mandal have to be distributed. The Tahsildar will notify the allocation of Gram
Panchayat’s to each of the officer. The allocation of the Gram Panchayats verification
officer wise shall be entered on the website which can be accessed at website. The applications received from the villages have to be handed over
to the concerned verification officer for detailed verification.
Verification of Household Details
1.The verification officer in-charge for each Gram
Panchayat shall visit each of the household with the household application form,
household verification form and other valid documents for verification.
2.The verification officer shall be solely responsible for the data collected and
verified. The verification shall start from 16th October, 2014 and complete by 30th
3.During verification, the concerned verification officer can also collect fresh
applications, if already missed by the VRO or GP Special Officer.
4.After verification of each of the household, the application shall be tagged with
the Samagra Kutumba Survey Number. The concerned officer shall certify that,
he/she has personally visited each of the household and the eligibility is verified
and recorded as eligible or not eligible.
5.It is the sole responsibility of the verification officer to check and verify the
eligibility of household for issuance of Food Security Card and Pension.
6.The officer shall use the pre-populated data given in the downloaded household
verification format for verification. For each of the item in the household
verification format, the officer has to check if the data given in the SKS survey
tallies and where it does not tally write the correct details in the space provided.
tick mark for the correct data or shall write corrected data
The following verification procedure may be followed:
1.Tagging applications to the SKS number: all applications for FSC cards or
Pensions shall be tagged to the SKS number by using the verification formats
downloaded from the SKS website.
2.Capturing the land details for the household through 1-B register: For each of
the application capture the land details from the RoR 1-B Register / Pahani and
enter the data on the website or on the verification form.
3.Download the verification form for the household: The formats for the
verification form containing pre-populated data will be made available for
download from Telangana Samagra Kutumba Survey Website maintained by NIC. The Tahsildar shall arrange for the printing of the verification
format – GP Wise and shall hand over the same to the concerned verification
officer for taking up detailed verification.
4.Physical Verification of the Household/ Beneficiary: Proceed to the village /
ward for physical verification of the following:
i. Housing type (Thatched/Plastic Roof/Tiled/RCC)
ii. Number of Family Members (The verification officer must specifically
verify if the members in the family are living together and were
deliberately split for the purpose of the survey. if so they must combine
the survey formats)
iii. Aadhar Card Number of all the family members – verification officers are
requested to verify the correctness of the Aadhar numbers with reference
to the Aadhar documents.
iv. Employment Details of all the family members if any (please capture
details if they are daily wage laborers/govt/public sector/ private
employee/outsourced employee/contract employee)
v. Actual enjoyment/ possession of land may be ascertained in the local
enquiry and enter the details in the verification format.
vi. Type of Business if any
vii. Owners of Four wheeler cars
viii. Presence of any member with Disability
ix. Nomadic Households/ PVTGs
x. IT Assesse
The objective of providing food security is to help the poor.
Therefore, the persons belonging to the households fulfilling one or more of the
following conditions listed below shall not be eligible for Food Security Cards & Social
Security Pensions as follows:
1.Having land more than 2.5 acres wet/ irrigated dry or 5 acres dry or combined (wet and dry)5 acres.
2.Government / Public sector / Private sector employment / outsourced employee
3.Doctors, Contractors, Professionals and self employed.
4.Having large business. (oil mills, rice mills, petrol pumps, rig owners, shop owners etc)
5.Government pensioners and freedom fighter pensioners.
6.Owner of four wheelers etc.
7.Any other criterion which the verification officer may assess by the manner of his lifestyle, occupation and possession of assets rendering him as ineligible
8.In respect of all pensions except disabled and widows, only one member (namely the women) per household shall be eligible for a pension.
9.For old age pensions the age should be 65 years and above and should be evidenced by documentary evidence such as birth certificate, electoral roll, Aadhaar card or any document which shows the proof of age. The verification
officer must be able to arrive at a rational assessment of the age by corroborating
with other factors such as age of children, grandchildren’s marriage etc.
Verification officers must be careful of erroneous or wrong entries
10.For widow pensions the death certificate of the spouse is a must to be eligible for widow pension
11.For a pension under persons with disabilities, a SADAREM certificate showing
the degree of disability as more than 40% are eligible. Persons without a
SADAREM certificate should be asked to get one.
Updation of Data: The household verification format shall be updated with the existing
Samagra Kutumba Survey data. NIC will provide the software for Updation of household
Finalization of the list of eligible households and Pensioners: The Tahsildar, after
scrutinizing the database on the application, household verification format will compare it
with the eligibility criteria and also compare with the indicative list of the probable
number of eligible households/pensioners identified for the mandal through the Kutumba
Samagra Survey. Similarly MPDO shall compare with the indicative list of the probable
number of eligible pensioners identified for the mandal. If the households fit in the
eligibility criteria, then that household shall be issued Food Security card for which the
Commissioner Civil Supplies will issue detailed guidelines separately. Similarly the PR
& RD dept. shall issue separate guidelines for sanction and disbursement of pensions by
Monitoring: The District Collectors shall monitor this entire exercise of identification of
household’s/ beneficiaries and shall ensure adequate awareness and orientation for the
Flying Squads/ Supervisory Officers: District Collectors may constitute teams of
officers as flying squads or supervisory officers to supervise the manner in which the
verification is being done by the verification officers. They shall also attend to the
grievances and shall redress the same in consultation with the Tahsildar or MPDO’s as
the case may be.
Training of Verification Officers: District Collectors and MRO’s and
MPDO’s shall ensure that thorough training is given to all the verification officers’ by the
15th of October, so as to ensure that the stated goal of no eligible person being left out and
no ineligible person is included as an eligible beneficiary is realized. Adequate emphasis
should be given to all the verification officers that they shall face dire consequences in
case of wrongful certification and identification of beneficiaries.
It is very clearly stated here that these guidelines and the food security cards issued as a
result of this exercise are meant only for the purpose of the public distribution system
subsidized scheme for food security and will not entitle the food security card holders to
benefits in another government schemes. These food security cards will also not be valid
for any other purpose. District Collectors shall send a clear message that disciplinary action will be initiated on
errant and lackadaisical verification officer’s concerned.
The Officials will conduct a careful scrutiny for identification of beneficiaries in villages after completing the identification of beneficiaries by Tahsildars. After complete this process, the government will issue Telangana State Family Food Security Card to BPL families and dumping the old old ration cards. These cards can be used only to draw ration from fair price shops.