The directorate of civil supplies (DoCS), Goa will begin installing electronic point of sale machines (e-PoS) at fair price shops, which will help plug leakage of subsidized food grains to the poor, a news report said.
DoCS has procured the machines and will begin installing them in a few fair price shops in the weeks to come. Forty two fair price shops across talukas have been identified where the machines will be installed on a pilot basis. Following the success in these shops, the machines will be extended to the rest of the fair price shops, numbering more than 400, in the state, Times of India reported.
Goa is one of 15 states including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Assam, Bihar and West Bengal that have made no progress in installing e-PoS machines at fair price shops.
In Goa, Punjab and Assam, not a single e-PoS device has been installed while in Maharashtra and Haryana not even 1% of the fair price shops have got these devices, which identify the beneficiaries from their finger impressions.
The machines will curb black marketing and hoarding of food grains. While food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday highlighted how two non-NDA rules state - Bihar and UP - have been lagging, government records showed that many of the NDA governed states have done badly so far.