“Namaskar, ration delivered to FPS Prabhu Dayal Jatav, Nagar Jalaun on 07/04/2010: Kerosene= 1193 Ltr.”
This is how Uttar Pradesh’s ration card holders as well as local people’s representatives will now get an SMS alert on their cell phone as soon as a fresh stock of ration is transferred to the ration dealer of their area. The move is aimed at plugging in the black-marketing and diversion of the ration and effect transparency in the system.
However, the service is initially being launched as a pilot project in the state’s only two districts of Jalaun and Behraich and the scheme, according to Chief Secretary Atul Kumar Gupta, will be extended to all the districts within next two months.
Announcing the scheme at a press conference here on Monday, Gupta said the ration card holders—BPL, Antodaya and APL in villages and cities would all regularly be informed about delivery of the ration to their dealer through a free-of-cost SMS alert on a regular basis. “This will make it impossible for the dealer to black market or divert the ration once people authentically get to know that the dealer has lifted food-grains/sugar/kerosene etc from the government godown,” he explained.
Principal Secretary (Food and Civil Supply), Jacob Thomas said the department would make data bank of mobile holders and register their mobile number with the service provider for sending the SMS alert.
Giving a presentation on the pilot project, Food Commissioner, Rajiv Agrawal said action would be taken if it was found that SMS alert had not been sent to people deliberately.