LG okays home de­liv­ery of ra­tion with riders

The LG has or­dered ACB probe into fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions via E-POS based ra­tion dis­tri­bu­tion, and also ac­cepted with­drawal of E-POS ma­chine

Millennium Post - - CITY - SAYAN­TAN GHOSH

NEW DELHI: Days af­ter the Delhi gov­ern­ment al­leged that there are fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions through E-POS based ra­tion dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem, the Lieu­tenant Gover­nor Anil Bai­jal on Mon­day or­dered a probe by the Anti Cor­rup­tion Branch (ACB). The LG has also or­dered the with­drawal of the e-pos-based ra­tion dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem af­ter re­ceiv­ing the re­quest from the CM and the Delhi Food Min­is­ter.

He also as­serted that with safe­guards, the gov­ern­ment can ini­ti­ate home de­liv­ery of ra­tion scheme too.

“In­tro­duc­tion of e-pos de­vices is part of a na­tional level re­form in the Tar­geted Pub­lic Dis­tri­bu­tion Sys­tem (TPDS) to en­able end-to-end track­ing of food grains. The ob­jec­tive of e-pos de­vices is to en­sure that only gen­uine card­hold­ers or his or her fam­ily mem­bers whose names are men­tioned in the ra­tion card can buy the sub­si­dized com­modi­ties,” noted a state­ment from LG of­fice.

The state­ment also noted that since CM and Food Min­is­ter had also made se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions of fraud­u­lent with­drawal of ra­tions by mis­use of OTP au­then­ti­ca­tion in the e-pos sys­tem, the LG has re­ferred the en­tire mat­ter to the Anti Cor­rup­tion Branch (ACB) in view of the se­ri­ous­ness of the al­le­ga­tions.

The LG also as­sured that strict ac­tion would be taken against any­one found guilty. On the pro­posal of doorstep de­liv­ery of ser­vices, the LG re­it­er­ated that the same was never re­jected. He hoped that suf­fi­cient safe­guards are be­ing put in place by the elected gov­ern­ment in the pro­posed doorstep de­liv­ery scheme since the same e-pos ma­chines, whose oper­a­tion is be­ing sus­pended now, are pro­posed to be used for bio­met­ric au­then­ti­ca­tion of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries in the doorstep de­liv­ery scheme.

“If the elected gov­ern­ment is con­vinced that suf­fi­cient checks and bal­ances have been put in place in the pro­posed doorstep de­liv­ery of ra­tion scheme and the is­sue high­lighted by him in the pre­vi­ous note have been ad­dressed, he has no ob­jec­tion to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the same,” noted the state­ment.

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