E-PoS in ration shops; Persons to get supply only with fingerprint checking
Kozhikode: The 971 ration supply shops in the district have arranged E-PoS (Electronic Point of Sale) machines for sales. From April 10 onwards, ration will be supplied using this system. With this, people cannot buy ration using other’s ration cards. Presently, the details of the remaining stock in the shops is being linked to the new system.
As per the new scheme, the card holder will be correctly identified and the allotted quantity of supply will be distributed. The consumers will be recognized by crosschecking their fingerprint in Aadhar using the biometric system in the machine. The name and details of all the members will be displayed on the screen, when the card number is entered. As the finger is touched on the machine, the ration supply allotted for each card and it price also will be displayed and the bill will be printed.
The authorities expect the ration system will become transparent with the implementation of the new system. 21 ration shops in the district distribute ration using E-PoS machines since March and it was found to be completely successful, said District Supply Officer K. Manoj Kumar. E-PoS system will be implemented in Kozhikode, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram since April 10.
The machine was designed by Vision Tech in Andhra. Its battery is durable for 10 hours, so that the power shortage will not affect the functioning of the machine. Since it works on all SIM cards, network range also does not affect it. Experts have been appointed to resolve the technical errors. The biggest advantage of the Supplyco Chain Management System is that all information will be known right from the products taken from the godown.
The remaining stock details will also be available accurately if the excess stock can be added to the share of APL and state subsidy categories. The machine has a facility to connect with Aadhar, so that those who do not have Aadhar can buy products with the OTP sent to their registered phone number. The consumers who cannot come in person to buy the ration due to physical ailments may get their supply at home in future. The declaration regarding this will be issued after E-PoS system is implemented.