SRINAGAR: In first of its kind, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Tribal Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali on Tuesday launched Point of Sale (PoS) machines at two sale centres at Humana, Budgam and Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar, an official handout read.
The minister, according to the handout said, transparency is the benchmark of the present government.
He said that the government was spending crores on subsidies with an aim that it reached the deserving people. Installing PoS machines at sale centres is a step in the same direction, he said.
The minister while giving details about the project said, “Installation of PoS machines is one of the important components of government’s initiative of digitising the entire FCS&CA department through electronic Public Distribution (ePDS).”
Zulfkar informed that all the PoS machines will be Aadhar enabled with an inbuilt speaker. “With a touch of a finger the machine will reveal the amount of ration a consumer is entitled,” the minister said.
He further said PoS machine will also calculate the amount the consumers are required to pay for their ration. Zulfkar said that all the transactions on PoS machines are linked with Government of India’s distribution system portal “Annavitran” which in itself increases transparency in the distribution process.
He assured that during the next three months these PoS machines would be installed in all the sale centres across the Valley, the handout further read.
The minister also installed the electronic weighing machine at sale centre in Humhama. He said the weighing machines which are duly calibrated by Legal Metrology Department would soon replace the primitive form of weighing scales in all the sale centres in the state. “The aim is to ensure that consumers receive the exact quality of ration they are entitled to,” he asserted, adding “ it would greatly help in stopping any kind of pilferage in the distribution of ration”.
Commissioner Secretary M D Khan, Director FCS&CA Nisar Ahmad Wani, Joint Controller Kashmir LMD Amar Singh and other officials accompanied the Minister.