Ration shops to have E-PoS machines by March
Kozhikode: The government has decided to install E-PoS (Electronic Point of Sale) machines in all ration shops in Kerala. The pilot project was launched at Karunagappally. Hence, all ration shops in Kerala will switch over to E-PoS machines by March.
PoS machines will be introduced in ration shops to ensure transparency in public distribution system as recommended in the National Food Security Act.
A total of 978 E-PoS machines are ready to be installed in ration shops at Kozhikode district.
Electronic Point of Sale machines use biometric identification to ensure ration card-holders get their allotted share of foodgrains. These small machines are equipped with internet connection.
The government hope that the machines will check malpractices in ration shops, including illegal sale of commodities in black market and distribution to non-beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, ration card holders must link their card with aadhaar number to make purchase through this facility. Either the card holder or the members who have linked their aadhaar with the card can make purchases.
E-PoS machine will identify the customer through the details in aadhaar number. The biometric machine will function after identifying the customer either by iris or fingerprint.
The Civil Supplies Department will receive details of every purchase made with the machine.
Officials from Food and Civil Supplies department will visit ration shops in Karunagappally to study the operation of the machine. Special training to operate the machine will be provided to ration shop dealers and employees in each district.
Civil Supplies Department can monitor the supply of products to the beneficiaries through the system. Each ration shops will be made under complete control of the department. Details including closed shops and stock available in shops will come under supervision of the department.