Maharashtra government saved 3.64 MT grains due to e-poss machine

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Mumbai, July 31, 2019: Grains distributed through the Public Distribution System (PWS) is a matter of concern for common citizens. With a view to distributing grains to eligible beneficiaries, e-poss (Aadhar Enabled Public Distribution System) machine is installed in PWS shops. Through this machine grains are distributed to the beneficiary by testing his/her biometric identity. Due to this machine 3.64 mt grains are saved.

Giving information about this Civil Supplies Minister Sambhaji Patil-Nilangekar said that the state government has laid emphasis on making the PWS transparent, people-oriented and moving. Approximately 60% kerosene oils is saved as it is distributed through the e-poss machine. Sales have become more transparent as 1.25 crore families are lifting grains by linking their Aadhar. This system offers an opportunity to the beneficiary to lift grains from any PWS shop in the state. This facility is available because of portability. The transactions of e-poss machine are available on for the people to see for them and this has brought a better transparency in the transactions.

E-poss has also helped in checking black-marketing and encouraging ration shop owners for increasing their income. The beneficiaries are getting regular supply of grains as their Aadhar cards are linked to their ration cards. Since June 2017, the grains are distributed from ration shops through E-poss machine and since May 1, 2018 grains are distributed after verifying Aadhar, said Principal Secretary of Food and Civil Supplies Department Mahesh Pathak.