Automation of fair price shops to help prevent pilferage: Khattar

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Oct 10, 2015 11:11 IST
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar (centre) during launch of the first automation process at a fair price shop in Panchkula on Friday. (Sant Arora/HT Photo)

In order to ensure transparency, and prevent pilferage and diversion of farmers’ produce, the Haryana government is all set to launch a new programme ‘food net’.

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal said this after launch of an automation process at a fair price shop in Panchkula. Under the food net programme, he said, the entire details, right from sowing of seeds by farmer up to storage in godowns will be recorded, thus leaving no space for its diversion. Further, the programme will be linked with fair price shops, he added.

On this occasion, the chief minister also distributed 25kg wheat, 2kg sugar and 7litres kerosene oil to five beneficiaries of under the public distribution system by using point sales device (POSD).

The main objective behind automation is to ensure the distribution of ration to the real beneficiaries under the Food Security Act in a transparent manner.

Initially, the process will be implemented in five districts, including Panchkula, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Karnal and Panipat.

On its success, it will be rolled out in the entire state by March 31, 2016.

As per the system, fair price shops will be provided a system having biometric machine that will allow the real beneficiary to get ration without any delay. The system will also generate an electronic slip mentioning the details of the beneficiaries, like rate and quantity of ration delivered.

Thereafter, he/she will receive an SMS alert. Simultaneously, the beneficiary’s account will be debited on the database of the main server.

Khattar said the aim of the present government was to ensure that the last beneficiary in the row gets the benefit through end-to-end computerisation.

Joint secretary, Union food and supplies department, Deepak Kumar, said that at present, there are around 5.40 lakh fair price shops in the country and the department will make efforts to ensure that at least one lakh such shops get the automation facility by March, 2016.

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