Smart cards given to India's poor
5 July 2011 Last updated at 00:00 BST
Millions of India's poorest inhabitants rely on government Fair Price shops to buy staple foodstuffs at highly subsidised rates.
With such huge demand, ensuring only those entitled to the rations have access to them can be difficult.
In Chandigarh, a pilot project is under way aimed at streamlining the process by issuing customers electronic smart cards containing biometric chips.
Rajini Vaidyanathan reports from Chandigarh, India