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Thiruvananthapuram: An inspection of the Electronic Point of Sale (EPoS) machines carried out by the food department has revealed that technical glitches in the server did not disrupt ration distribution in the state. As many as 12,000 machines out of the total 14,000 were examined properly and no faults were detected, said official sources.
The National Informatics Centre (NIC) in Hyderabad is responsible for the technical supervision of ration distribution. As per reports, existing data is being transferred into the new server set up for facilitating ration distribution in the state.
Earlier, the NIC had sought two-days time for data migration. Following which, the state government had decided to suspend the supply of ration in the state on Thursday and Friday.
In March, an NIC expert team visited Kerala to evaluate the functioning of EPoS servers in the state. The bandwidth capacity of BSNL was hiked to resolve the technical glitch, but the data transfer to cloud storage could not be completed. With this, this month's ration distribution went awry.
Meanwhile, the food department is planning to give NIC one more chance to sort out the issues. If not, top officials will be assigned to analyse options to exclude NIC and carry out the technical responsibility on their own.
However, Kerala will have to seek the Centre’s permission to exclude NIC from the ration distribution.