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Friday, 30 June 2017 16:21

The Centre's push to Aadhaar seeding of ration cards and installation of electronic Point of Sale (e-POS) machines at the ration shops has helped Haryana to stop at least 30 per cent pilferage of highly subsidised food grains for the poor. State government officials said this could help save about Rs 500 crore annually. All the 9,600 ration shops in Haryana have got the e-PoS machine and the Aadhaar coverage is about 105 per cent. It has also become the first state where a beneficiary can pick up the grain from any ration shop across Haryana irrespective of his place of residence. “Nearly 42 lakh beneficiaries under the food security law out of 1.35 crore did not pick up subsidised grains in the past couple of months due to the transparent process of distribution. We deleted about 16 lakh beneficiaries after detecting that many of the Aadhaar numbers were getting repeated in the beneficiary list,“ said a Haryana government official. He added that about 4.5-5 lakh beneficiaries of the other 26 lakh, who were not picking up foodgrains, have now seeded their Aadhaar number. “Now we have also made it a rule that there will be no carry over of the foodgrains for the next month in case a beneficiary does not pick up his allocation in that particular month. This is aimed at putting more pressure on them to submit details of their Aadhaar number at ration shops,“ the official said.

Manual system there was no mechanism to find whether the ration shop owner actually distributed foodgrains to all the beneficiaries. Now it's not possible to fudge any figure as the details are captured electronically. We have asked states to fast track installation of ePoS devices at ration shops and to go for 100 per cent Aadhaar seeding,“ he added. Earlier, about 70 lakh of the 4.2 crore identified beneficiaries in Rajasthan did not lift highly subsided food grain over the last couple of months. Rajasthan has also completed Aadhaar seeding of ration cards and majority of the FPS are ePOS-enabled. Till June end, little over 2.2 lakh of the total 5.27 lakh ration shops had e-PoS machines, which are used to check the identity of ration card owners. About 18 crore ration cards have been seeded with Aadhaar.

Source:Economic Times