Ration distributed biometric system: Ration at government depots will now be distributed through the biometric system. This was stated by KAP Sinha, Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies, Punjab while inaugurating a pilot project at a government depot in Phase XI, Mohali.“The initiative will not only make the public distribution system more efficient but also bring in transparency,” said Sinha. Today wheat was distributed among beneficiaries through the biometric system.Now beneficiaries would not be asked to bring their ration cards for ration. The beneficiaries would be required to tell their Aadhaar number and give fingerprints. The biometric systems for the public distribution system would be implemented in all districts of the state by March 31.
Officials said earlier they used to get complaints that the Atta-Dal scheme beneficiaries were not getting wheat on time or it was not being distributed to the real beneficiaries . He said the biometric system had been started to solve all such issues and it would help in bringing transparency.Ration distributed biometric system, Sinha added that thee were around 17,000 government depots in Punjab from where 8.70 lakh MT of wheat was being distributed to the beneficiaries. He said in Punjab each beneficiary got 5 kg wheat every month at Rs 2 per kg. There are 264 ration depots and around 99,000 card holder under the Atta-Dal Scheme. There are as many as 3.73 lakh beneficiaries. Every six months these beneficiaries are given 11,218 MT of wheat at Rs 2 per kg.
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