JAIPUR: In a bid to bring in accountability and transparency in the public distribution system, the fair price shops in Udaipur district are being digitalized with Point of sale (POS) devices being installed to check anomalies in the present system.
The handheld POS devices would be UID compliant biometric machines having smart card reader which would have stored information of the ration card holders in the area. In Udaipur, so far POS devices have been installed at all the 45 fair price shops at Badgaon and 70 of the 102 shops in Girwa panchayat samitis. By the end of next month, the district administration aims to complete device installation in all tehsils, sources told TOI.;
In all there are 1180 ration shops and 5.5 lakh beneficiaries covered under the food security scheme.
Precise Automation and Robotics Company has been given the work of POS installation. The machine authenticates the biometric details of a ration card holder before generating the bill. The GSM sim card based machine also sends information to the central server so that there is little scope for pilferage.
However, internet connection is necessary for these devices to work perfectly. In urban areas, internet is no problem, but in remote villages where such facilities are limited, efficiency would be impaired, said an officer. The dealers are also being trained to handle POS devices. Ration card details are also being digitalized.
After the new system in operation, the Head of the Family would not necessarily need to go to the ration shops to purchase, any of the family member listed in the card could go to the shop and buy things after verifying his or her thumb impression. The system helps supply officer to keep tab on the stocks at ration shop