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Delhi govt suspends distribution of ration through e-PoS system

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Press Trust of India New Delhi
The Delhi government today temporarily suspended distribution of ration through e-PoS (electronic point of sale) system with immediate effect.
Department of food supplies and consumer affairs has issued a circular, asking Fair Price Shop (FPS) owners that distribution of ration will be made manually to the ration-card holder as earlier.
Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia had recently said that the government had found "open theft" in delivery of ration and demanded the suspension of e-PoS system under which beneficiaries were given ration after biometric identification.
The circular stated that, "Detail of the card holder i.e., ration card number, name of beneficiary and mobile number will be generated in the sale register. FPS owner will take signature/thumb impression of the beneficiaries in the register."

It stated that the FPS owner will have to issue receipt to the beneficiary, and name of commodity/quantity issued, rate and amount should be mentioned on the receipt.
However, the FPS owners will have to maintain the stock register as earlier, the circular added.
Earlier this week, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain had accused Food Commissioner Mohanjeet Singh of "disobeying" Lt Governor's order and issuing direction for continuation of e-POS system of ration distribution.
Lt Governor Anil Baijal on April 16 had directed for suspending e-POS after irregularities were found but the new food commissioner has issued order for continuing it, Hussain had alleged.

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First Published: Apr 27 2018 | 8:05 PM IST

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