The state’s Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department (CAPD) is planning to introduce Point of Sale (POS) system in three districts of Kashmir Valley to track distribution process and prevent malpractices. In Jammu too this system will be experimented in three districts.
Director CAPD Abdul Rashid Var told CNS that POS stands for Point-of-Sale, it’s where you take money from the consumer in exchange for ration and other items. “The main function of this point of sale system is to automate the sales process and keep a detailed history of all transactions. This way we will not only be able to know about the history of consumers but we will also be able to know about the sales process,” he said.
He added that this system will be introduced in three districts of Kashmir including Srinagar city in initial stage and gradually it will also be introduced in other parts of Valley. With the implementation of National Food Security Act there will be changes in the existing system of procuring and supplying ration.
“NSFA provides for computerization/automation of the Fair Price Shops by installing electronic weighing scale, Point of Sale (POS) devices and bar code readers. Further, with a view to empower women, senior most female member of the family will be considered as head of family with entitlement to receive Food Security Allowance as per provisions of the Scheme,” he said.
Director CAPD said that in a bid to check the pilferage of food grains meant for the Department, the process to install Internet protocol camera (IPC) has already been started.