Tata Trusts fo­cus on tech so­lu­tions

Business Standard - - COMPANIES - ABHINEET KU­MAR

Tata Trusts has in­creased fo­cus on tech­nol­ogy-led trans­for­ma­tive ef­forts after the suc­cess of the Aad­haar-en­abled fer­tiliser dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem, an in­no­va­tive pi­lot in the sup­ply chain de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Andhra gov­ern­ment. This is be­ing rolled out in phases across In­dia.

“The sys­tem has demon­strated sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial to stream­line op­er­a­tions of fer­tiliser re­tail­ers, im­prove ex­pe­ri­ence of pur­chasers, and track­ing the flow of fer­tilis­ers from man­u­fac­tur­ers to end-users,” said a spokesper­son. “It en­sures all sales are bona fide, thereby re­duc­ing the gov­ern­ment’s sub­sidy bur­den. Tata Trusts has in­creased its fo­cus to pro­vide more such tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tions to sup­port the gov­ern­ment.”

The sys­tem was first pi­loted in Kr­ishna and West Go­davari dis­tricts in kharif 2016, be­fore be­ing scaled up by the Centre to 17 dis­tricts across In­dia in the rabi sea­son of 2016. On the ba­sis of the suc­cess seen through the pi­lot — track­ing last-mile ben­e­fits and op­ti­mis­ing sub­sidy— the Centre has de­cided for a large-scale roll-out of the project.

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