Ra­tion at your doorstep likely

Millennium Post - - CITY - ROUSHAN ALI

NEW DELHI: If things go well, the ben­e­fi­cia­ries un­der Pub­lic Dis­tri­bu­tion Sys­tem (PDS) in Delhi might get their ra­tions at doorstep. In this con­text, Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal has asked the of­fi­cials to work over doorstep de­liv­ery of ra­tion to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Delhi, say­ing that this will make the process of get­ting ra­tion too easy and the ben­e­fi­ciary will not have to go any­where.

The Chief Min­is­ter Ke­jri­wal Tues­day was tak­ing a re­view meet­ing of the PDS of ra­tion to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Delhi. The Chief Min­is­ter along-with other Min­is­ters and of­fi­cials also saw the demon­stra­tion of the ra­tion vend­ing ma­chine and the bio­met­ric sys­tem tablet ma­chines (POS ma­chines) for ra­tion shops. “The vend­ing ma­chine will be cal­i­brated with the vend­ing ma­chine. The bio­met­ric ma­chine will recog­nise the ben­e­fi­ciary and send the com­mand to the vend­ing ma­chine to vend the amount of ra­tion to be vended to a par­tic­u­lar ben­e­fi­ciary,” said Chief min­ster of­fi­cial.

Ke­jri­wal said that once in­stalled the new sys­tem will solve the prob­lems of theft of ra­tion and quan­tity of ra­tion to be given to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries. The bio­met­ric sys­tem will recog­nise the ben­e­fi­ciary through his/her thumb im­pres­sion, pic­ture and Aad­har card, while the vend­ing ma­chine will dis­pense the ex­act al­lo­cated amount of ra­tion af­ter bio­met­ric check of the ben­e­fi­ciary. The meet­ing was at­tended Cab­i­net Min­is­ter, Man­ish Siso­dia, Ra­jen­dar Pal Gau­tam, Imran Hus­sain and Chief Sec­re­tary of Delhi apart from other se­nior of­fi­cials.

As per the com­plaints, there are many ra­tion cards which are be­ing used by th­ese PDS own­ers for their per­sonal con­sump­tion. "Some of the own­ers are tak­ing un­due ad­van­tage of their post and due to which gen­uine res­i­dents are be­ing de­prived of this fa­cil­ity," added the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial. At present, more than 72.78 lakh ben­e­fi­cia­ries are cov­ered for draw­ing ra­tion as per en­ti­tle­ment in Delhi.

The De­part­ment has is­sued guide­lines from time to time in or­der to en­sure that tar­geted ra­tion ben­e­fi­cia­ries get their due amount of spec­i­fied food ar­ti­cles in time.

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