A review meeting to assess the various initiatives undertaken by the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department was held yesterday.
Minister in charge Comingone Ymbon chaired the meeting which was attended by officials of the department along with districts and sub-divisional officers.
The department is currently implementing the One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC), Aadhaar seeding, electronic Point-of-Sale (e-POS) usage, capturing of all FPS GPS Coordinates for route optimization and tracking of movement of food grains across Meghalaya, etc.
The One Nation One Ration Card has been implemented in the state to enable NFSA beneficiaries to lift their foodgrains from any Fair Price Shop in the state or country provided their Aadhaar number is seeded in the PDS database. To ensure transparency and accountability, electronic Point-of-Sale has been installed in each Fair Price Shop across the state, the department said in a press release.
Ymbon urged officials to take note of the usage of ePOS machines by the Fair Price Shop dealers so that each beneficiary gets his entitlement without fail. He also commended the department for piloting the online tracking of movement of foodgrains as this will help prevent diversion in the near future.
It may be mentioned that the Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs in partnership with United Nations World Food Programme is also implementing various technology-driven initiatives and the minister exhorted all stakeholders to rise above the occasion so as to make the Public Distribution System robust and transparent.
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