Uttar Pradesh to give foodgrain via biometric cards

July 5th, 2012 - 10:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, July 5 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh will computerise the public distribution system and issue biometric smart cards to its residents, an official said Thursday.

Chief Secretary Javed Usmani said foodgrain would be provided to people only through smart cards to flush out fake ration cards from the system.

In the first phase, 18 districts would be covered as pilot project.

Thereafter, the project will be implemented in the remaining 57 districts, Usmani said.

Officials said fingerprints of ration card holders would be archived in the biometric machine to ensure that in the future, the person remains the user and no fake users take benefit of the public distribution system.

Dealers will be given a point of sale (POS) machine which will identify the biometric card holder through fingerprints and then distribute food grains.

Fair price shop dealers have been issued instructions by the government to ensure that the POS machine work properly and to get them repaired once.

If they break down again, the dealer’s licence would be cancelled. No manual distribution of food grains would be allowed.

The chief secretary made these observations at an ‘e-mission’ meeting. He also said that from July 31, fair price shops would be allotted through an online system.

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