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NEW DELHI: Soon you may get ra­tion de­liv­ered at your doorstep if you are a ben­e­fi­ciary of Delhi gov­ern­ment’s Pub­lic Dis­tri­bu­tion Sys­tem (PDS) .

Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal on Tues­day di­rected the con­cerned of­fi­cials to work over doorstep de­liv­ery of ra­tion to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries in the city and sub­mit a fea­si­bil­ity re­port in this con­nec­tion.

The CM is­sued these di­rec­tions in a re­view meet­ing of the PDS of ra­tion to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries. The meet­ing was at­tended by Delhi’s deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia, so­cial wel­fare min­is­ter Ra­jen­dra Pal Gau­tam, food and sup­plies min­is­ter Im­ran Hus­sain and chief sec­re­tary MM Kutty along with other of­fi­cials.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, Ke­jri­wal in the meet­ing said when nor­mal goods can be de­liv­ered by the com­pa­nies at doorstep then why can’t this prac­tice be adopted for ra­tion dis­tri­bu­tion.

“Un­der this scheme, the ben­e­fi­ciary will be de­liv­ered his quota of ra­tion at his ad­dress by a des­ig­nated per­son for de­liv­ery. To en­sure the ra­tion is de­liv­ered to the right per­son, the ven­dor will be equipped with a POS (point of sale) ma­chine and a cam­era,” a Delhi gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said.

He said that Ke­jri­wal also di­rected the of­fi­cials to con­duct an ex­per­i­ment over doorstep de­liv­ery of ra­tion and sub­mit a fea­si­bil­ity re­port in the next re­view meet­ing – the date of which is yet to be de­cided.

“This scheme will make the process of get­ting ra­tion easy and the peo­ple will not have to go any­where. It will also bring trans­parency in the Pub­lic Dis­tri­bu­tion Sys­tem,” the of­fi­cial said.

Data avail­able with the gov­ern­ment say there are around 72 lakh PDS ben­e­fi­cia­ries and 2260 ra­tion shops in the city.

Ac­cord­ing to a gov­ern­ment state­ment, the vend­ing ma­chine will be cal­i­brated with the bio­met­ric ma­chine which will recog­nise the ben­e­fi­ciary through his thumb im­pres­sion, pic­ture and Aad­har card and send the com­mand to the vend­ing ma­chine to re­lease the quan­tity of ra­tion to be given to a par­tic­u­lar ben­e­fi­ciary.

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