‘Annapurti’, an automated multi-commodity grain dispensing machine, the first of its kind the North East was launched in Shillong today.
The machine is hoped to ensure food in ration shops is distributed efficiently and in an error-free manner. The installation was made at a fair price shop in RR Colony, Rynjah by the Department of Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs in partnership with the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP).
The ATM grain machine aims to ensure exact weighment and dispensation of food grains to NFSA beneficiaries in the State, especially to the inter-state and intra-state migrant beneficiaries at their convenient time of the day.
With a capacity of 200 to 500 kgs the machine can be operated through an e-POS device, which has 99.99 per cent accuracy and 40 per cent reduction in wait-time, an official statement said.
The machine will ensure that beneficiaries receive their monthly subsidized grains promptly. Its precision and reliability prevent losses and ensure individuals receive their entitled portions.
During emergencies, such as natural disasters or humanitarian crises, it can facilitate efficient and timely distribution of food grains to the affected population. The automated system streamlines the process, reducing dependency on manual labour and minimizing errors. Annapurti is designed to prioritize food security while ensuring efficient energy consumption. With a consumption rate of only 0.6 Watt per hour, it offers an environmentally friendly solution.
The machine with its modular design allows for flexibility and scalability based on available space. The storage unit and components can be easily assembled and customized to suit different requirements. Annapurti can be integrated with solar panels, inverter batteries and elevators for automatic refilling. This integration enhances sustainability of the system by reducing dependency on conventional energy sources.
Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Minister, Comingone Ymbon, United Nations’ World Food Programme Country Director, Elisabeth Faure, officials from the Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department were present at the launch function.