Deadline for completing ePDS set to March 31

Deadline for completing ePDS set to March 31
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Food minister assesses progress on installation of PoS machines

JAMMU: 31st March 2018 has been set as the deadline for completing Electronic Public Distribution System (ePDS) in the state, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali announced on Wednesday while directing authorities to expedite the installation of PoS devices in all districts of the state.
The minister stated this while chairing a meeting held to review the progress on streamlining of ration distribution system under ePDS project in the state, an official handout read.
Underlining the importance of ePDS, Zulfkar said that the government has initiated the process of ePDS to ensure digitisation of public distribution system to make it more transparent, accountable and pilferage proof. He asked the concerned officers to “adopt proactive approach for implementation of ePDS in efficient manner to put an end to the ration pilferage in the state”.
The minister assessed the progress of installation of Point of Sale (PoS) machines and said that the installation of these machines will bring total transparency in the system. “With the coming of PoS machines, the Public Distribution System will witness a revolutionary change”, the minister maintained.
The current status of installation of PoS devices with total of 1,466 machines being installed in district Rajouri, Ganderbal, Samba, Budgam and Srinagar on pilot basis, the handout read.
Zulfkar said that the government was “committed to safeguard the interests of consumers” by bringing 100 percent transparency in the state and asked the concerned officers to “strictly adhere to the set deadline” for completion of the project.
The minister also assessed the district-wise target under PHH, NPHH and exclusion category. He asked the officers to place right beneficiary in right category to avoid any problems during ration distribution, it further read.
Zulfkar also sought progress regarding Aadhar seeding and directed the officers to complete the process in stipulated time period.
“Under Aadhaar seeding, a total of 8,046 ration cards ( Jammu – 6,115 and Kashmir – 1,931) with total number of beneficiaries -36,627 ( Jammu- 20,078 and Kashmir- 16,549) have been seeded w.e.f 4th January 2018 to 30th January 2018,” read the handout adding that the capturing of GIS information has been completed successfully for all FPS across the state.
Zulfkar instructed the concerned authorities to keep a close monitoring on all the ration stores, offices of the department and FCI stores and to ensure maintaining of daily records properly, it added.