In a first-of-its-kind in the country, Andhra Pradesh State Public Distribution System will soon become 100 % e-POS enabled state.
In a review meeting on Price Monitoring, Consumer Affairs, Food and Civil Supplies held here at Secretariat, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu directed the officials to install iris-recognition equipment, bio-metric and finger print-enabled e-POS machines across the state by October.
The Chief Minister was informed that 7,595 e-POS devices-cum-electronic Weighing Machines were installed at Fair Price shops in the state. Due to this, the government has been able to save Rs 88.51 crore between May and July 2015. “If the entire state is e-POS enabled, we can save up to Rs 1,000 crore per annum,” he added.
Emphasizing on weeding out bogus Aadhar and ration cards, the Chief Minister stressed on establishing a mechanism to rationalize Annapurna Antyodaya Yojana (AAY) and White ration cards to identify genuine beneficiaries.
He also suggested establishing inter-district portability, giving beneficiaries an opportunity to collect ration from any district.
The officials also informed the Chief Minister that 3.64 lakh gas connections were sanctioned under Deepam scheme. The department has also sent a proposal to the Government of India for the sanctioning of 41 lakh LPG connections under CSR scheme of the PSU Oil Companies. If approved, Andhra Pradesh will be declared as 100%-LPG enabled state by foregoing the subsidy on Kerosene.