Mohali(DP Correspondent): In order to ensure foolproof transparency and efficiency in the distribution of food grains, Punjab Food & Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu today launched a statewide distribution of food grains under SMART RATION CARD SCHEME through e-POS machines, during a State Level Function organized at Kisan Vikas Chamber in Mohali.This biometric supported electronic system would eradicate anomalies of the conventional public distribution system and decimate the probability of ghost beneficiaries, said he. “A regime of total transparency in Public distribution system has commenced”, said Mr. Bharat Bhushan Ashu . Fulfilling a long standing demand of Fair Price Shop owners, FSM also rolled out the distribution of cheques of enhanced honorarium to them. He informed that the government has enhanced the margin money/commission of wheat distribution for Fair Price shop (FPS) owners from existing Rs. 25 to Rs. 50 per quintal whereby a payment of Rs.40 crore would be made to the 16000 FPS owners in the State. He further stated that all the other demands raised by FPS owners were also being considered.Reiterating government’s firm commitment to bring benefit of government schemes till the last man standing, Bharat Bhushan Ashu pointed out that shifting to Aadahar linked identification and electronic distribution coupled with End to End computerization would revolutionize the system of distribution of food grains across the state.Member Parliament from Gurdaspur Sunil Jakhar while congratulating the depot holders stated that it was the right of FPS owners and Congress government had fulfilled as promised. He further stated that Supply of sugar, tea leaves and pulses at subsidized rates would be soon implemented which would be a major price check mechanism. He said that the enhancement in honorarium and wheat distribution through e-POS technology was another major step to streamline the distribution system.Power Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar congratulated Captain Amarinder Singh for the historic decisions which he had taken despite the massive financial strain. Waiving of farm debt has brought much needed respite to the beleaguered farmers who were left in the lurch by the previous government, he added. Exhorting the depot holders to work even more proactively for the society, he said the enhanced honorarium was also an increased responsibility.Speaking on the occasion, Cabinet Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, while thanking the Chief Minister, pointed out that despite the financial crunch Captain Amarinder Singh has fulfilled what he had promised. He said that release of Rs. 40 Crore to Depot Holders was yet another step by the Chief Minister towards realizing the aspirations of the people of the state.
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