Manipur gets Fair Price Shop Automation system

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, July 10, 2019: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh has introduced Fair Price Shop (FPS) Automation system in Manipur to bring transparency, inclusion and exclusion errors and minimise other issues pertaining to distribution of PDS (public distribution system) items in the state.

The chief minister N. Biren Singh launched the FPS system at Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Wednesday.

Such system would bring transparency and streamlining the distribution of PDS items to the beneficiaries. Under this FPS automation system, fake and bogus ration cards would be easily identified and minimise the leakages in the distribution of PDS items. Beneficiaries will get the food grains through ePOS (Electronic Point of Sale) device with proper authentication like Aadhar or OTP, said the chief minister.

He highlighted that the FPS automation would be made available in 10 FPS for the first phase in the state. He mentioned that there are 2324 Fair Price Shops and 23,87,949 beneficiaries with 5,69,688 ration cards in the state. The monthly allocation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) rice in the dtate is 131632.45 quintal. He recalled that since the installation of the present government, the government is committed to bring good governance and positive changes at grassroots.

The officials made a demonstration on the usage of the ePOS machine during the function.

Deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar, consumer affairs, food and public distribution (CAF &PD) minister Karam Shyam, art and culture minister L. Jayantakumar, forest and environment minister Th. Shyamkumar,  PHED (Public health engineering department)   Losii Dikho, agriculture minister V. Hangkhanlian, MLAs, chief secretary, commissioner, DCs, director and officials of CAF&PD, agents of FPS attended the launching function.

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