Ration shops to be shut on Thursday, supply interrupted
Thiruvananthapuram: Supply of essential commodities through ration shops or Public Distribution System (PDS) shops in the state interrupted following the technical error in e-PoS machines. Though error in the machine was earlier reported in a few shops on Tuesday, later many shops faced the problem on Wednesday too. Protesting against this, the association of ration dealers declared a shut down on Thursday till 4 pm.
It led to ruckus in many shops as consumers faced a harrowing time. On Wednesday, a group of ration shop dealers closed shops to protest against the error in the e-PoS machine and interruption in supply.
It is learned that the civil supplies department failed to identify the error in the machines. The company which manufactured the machine, National Informatics Centre, IT department and IT wing in Civil Supplies, are controlling the operation of the machine. But none of them identified the reason behind the machine’s failure.
As per the agreement with the company which installed the machine, it is obliged to pay a fine to the government if the machine has any technical error. But as the error is yet to be detected, the government should not initiate action against the company.
Due to the frequent failure of the machine, only 50 percent card holders purchased ration in September. It is reported that 2.60 lakh card holders purchased essential commodities on Wednesday.
However, civil supplies minister P Thilothaman informed that ration supply for the month of September has been extended till October 6.
Though details of ration card have been saved to the new server, details of supply are not inserted into it. The civil supplies officials informed that they have initiated action to complete the process. It is learned that it will be completed within a week. They added that it will solve the technical error of the server.