The Karnataka government will simplify procedures for getting new ration cards, said Minister for Food and Civil Supplies UT Khader.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, he said that at present a person has to fulfil 14 conditions to get a ration card. These conditions will be simplified and brought down to four, he said. A proposal in this regard will be placed before the State Cabinet soon, he added.

The government is also planning to make the process of PDS paperless. The department will launch dedicated toll-free IVRS (interactive voice response system) numbers for PDS consumers and shop-owners.

The consumer who calls the IVRS number will receive a code in the return SMS. The SMS will also have details about the quantity of commodities to be given to the consumer under the PDS.

The shop owner will confirm this code by calling the dedicated IVRS number before supplying the commodities to the consumer. This will help prevent pilferage in the system and pave the way for the paperless transactions, he said.

The government will soon begin the supply of double fortified salt to consumers under the PDS. Salt, which is fortified with iodine and iron content, will help reduce anaemia and iodine-deficiency disorders, he added.