In the first phase of the Rs 137.63 crore project sanctioned by the Centre four Blocks of Ambala, Gharaunda, Sonipat and Sirsa would be covered as Pilot Project, Hooda told reporters on the occasion.
Hooda enrolled himself for the scheme and his Biometrics and fingerprints were also collected.
"About 54 lakh families of the state would be issued smart cards as per their category and the whole state would be covered in next two years," Hooda said.
In the Phase I of the project, 1.60 lakh families and 7.64 lakh persons would be covered in these four blocks.
All residents, including children above five years of age have been urged to come to enrollment camps, information of which has already been circulated so that the impression of their finger prints could be taken, he said.
Haryana Department of Food and Supplies will implement enrollment process of the Smart Card Project for the Public Distribution System.
This project aims at introducing transparency, accountability and efficiency in the Public Distribution System, he said.
This project has also been linked with Unique Identification Number in the state so that citizens get the benefit of a new ration card along with Unique Identification Number called Aadhar, he said.
This project aims at the complete replacement of paper based ration cards by smart cards. Their monthly entitlements shall be stored in the card and all the transactions at the fair price shop shall be performed only on the production of the card.
Finger print templates of the authorised members shall also be stored in the card to ensure that transaction happens only in the presence of the beneficiary, he said.
The implementing agency of this project is Directorate of Food and Supplies, Haryana in coordination with NIC and HARTRON.
The camps for enrollment of the beneficiaries for this project are scheduled to start on May 27, 2011 in all the four Blocks.