Ration shops in Kerala are set to switch over to electronic Point of Sale (PoS) machines for distribution of items to consumers from January 2018.
From the first week of January, as many as 60 ration shops in Karunagapally taluk, Kollam will be the first to be equipped with e-PoS machines.The project is scheduled to inaugurate by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on January 6.
Food Minister P. Thilothaman said all ration shops in the State would be computerized by March 31, an official pressnote quoted.
The Aadhaar-based e-PoS machines will use biometric identification to make sure that ration card-holders get their allotted split of food grains.
The owners of computerized ration shops would be entitled to the new pay package proclaimed by the government, the pressnote said.
It also said that all shops apart from those that had been discarded for long by the licensees or running at big loss would be retained.
It had been decided to allot five kg each of atta at ₹15/kg for all card-holders for the New Year, Mr. Thilothaman said.
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Jatin Bhatia, From ITvoir News Desk