Ration Distribution System to Go Fully Digital in Uttar Pradesh
In a first of its kind initiative, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, in the presence of Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Trust, launches an electronic point of supply machine (ePOS) scheme at fair price shops across Uttar Pradesh.
The Public Distribution system often witnesses malpractices which prevent the benefits from reaching the intended beneficiaries and also result in revenue loss for the Government. There is leakage and pilferage of food grains at each point of the supply chain – from procurement until distribution. It has also been seen that issuance of multiple ration cards to a single person prohibits the proper allocation of food grains to deserved beneficiary.
Keeping in mind the above grey areas, Digita lCM Akhilesh Yadav has introduced ePOS to bring total transparency in public distribution system in Uttar Pradesh.
Under the ePOS scheme, nearly 4 crore ration card holders will get smart cards to swipe for rations and ePOS systems will be automatically updating the records. Hence, no more manual handling.
Akhilesh Yadav government has tied up with the Tata Trust to roll out the ePOS scheme in 675 ration shops in Lucknow. Following an assessment of the implementation in the state capital, it will then be scaled up and rolled out across the state.
The ePOS scheme is part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which has been signed between the Uttar Pradesh government and the Tata Trust, spanning their activities in the fields of health, education, solar energy and farming.
The UP government under Akhilesh Yadav is adopting latest information technology procedures to provide better opportunity among the citizens of the state. Such positive steps bring new hopes towards a brighter and digitally empowered future.
Digital development in UP has taken the country by surprise and that day is not far when Uttar Pradesh will become the cornerstone for a digitally developed India.