New Delhi, March 1: Over 2.95 crore duplicate and bogus ration cards have been cancelled after they were linked with Aadhaar during the three years of the Narendra Modi government. It has saved the country Rs 17,000 crore every year during this time, CR Chaudhary, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said. Also Read - 'Holding Polls Amid Pandemic Will Endanger Lives', LJP Asks EC to Postpone Bihar Elections

“Out of 23 crore ration cards in the country, 82 per cent (19 crore) are linked with Aadhaar. We have removed 2.95 crore fake or duplicate ration cards in the country in the past three years which has resulted in a saving of Rs 17,000 crore annually. It has ensured that foodgrains are being delivered to the rightful person,” Chaudhary said. Also Read - Placed Aadhaar Reprint Request, But Did Not Get The SRN? Don't Panic, Here's Your Solution

“We have plugged the leakage of subsidised wheat, rice and coarse grains to the tune of Rs 17,500 crore annually. Though there is no direct savings because new beneficiaries also get added, now we are providing the foodgrains to the real beneficiaries,” Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan told Times of India. Also Read - Aadhaar Card Latest Update: How to Register, Update Mobile Number in Aadhaar, Can it be Done Online? Why is it Required?

According to the data complied by the Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry, 50 per cent of the deleted ration cards across the country came from Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. A large number of bogus ration cards were also deleted in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.