The Centre had just warned all states that it would cut ration from April 1 if they failed to install ePOS devices.
Hyderabad: In a bid to control pilferage of food grains in the pubic supply system, 16,560 electronic points of sale devices would be set up at all fair price shops by the end of March.
Civil supplies commissioner C.V. Anand supposed the new devices would recognize not only the thumbprints of beneficiaries but have sorts like iris scanner, electronic weighing machine, swiping Aadhaar Enabled Arrangement (AEPAS). He said the devices would protect the exchequer up to Rs 800 crore a year.
The Centre had recently told all states that it would cut food support from April 1 if they failed to install ePOS devices.
A committee lead by Mr. Anand saved Rs 3 crore per year by confirming the tenders on transparent policy at a lower price.
“ePOS entities are in vogue in the ration shops in GHMC bounds. The new devices have advanced structures. As per the initiative of the Centre to conduct banking procedures also through ration shops, micro ATMs would be situated suitably and the dealers would work as business correspondents for banking processes in addition to their current responsibilities,” Mr. Anand said.
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He said the section would bear the total burden of Rs 1,499 per unit for each month. “Before now in GHMC limits, the department is paying a charge of Rs 1,650 per unit which is functioning on bio-metric technology. As the request process is conducted at the national level in a transparent method, the department has saved Rs 151 on each machine. It means Rs 24 lakh a month and Rs 3 crore in a year,” he said.
As many as 1,545 ration shops in the GHMC bounds have been equipped by ePOS machines from March last. These machines role on the basis of Aadhaar number. The scheme has helped save Rs 190 crore so far, he whispered. However, problems are cropping up with the tackles whenever the thumbprints are hazy.