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Government of India
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
15-December-2017 17:47 IST
2.82 lakh Fair Price Shops Install PoS devices so far

The website www.annavitran.nic.in is functional and is used to monitor the electronic transactions happening at the Fair Price Shops for the distribution of foodgrains to NSFA beneficiaries with the help of PoS devices. As per information received from States/UTs out of total 5.27 lakh FPSs, more than 2.82 lakh FPSs have been automated so far. State/UT wise statement is at Annexure.

 

The purposes of installing electronic Point of Sale (ePoS) devices at FPSs are authentication of beneficiaries and electronic recording of subsidised foodgrain distribution to beneficiaries.

 

 

As compared to earlier practice of manual record-keeping of the transactions, the ePoS based transactions have the advantage that the FPS dealers are not required to manually make separate/repetitive entries of foodgrain distribution in registers and ration cards of the beneficiaries.

Connectivity to ePoS devices at FPSs is ensured by State/UT Governments. In case connectivity is not there ePoS devices can also work in offline mode.  

 

In accordance with The Food Security (Assistance to State Governments) Rules, 2015 under NFSA, GoI is providing financial assistance to States/UTs for installation of ePoS devices at the rate of Rs. 17/quintal of foodgrains distributed through ePoS devices, towards the expenditure incurred for the purchase, operations and maintenance of the ePoS devices. Such expenditure would be shared between Centre and State Governments on 75:25 basis for special category States/UTs and on 50:50 basis for General category States/UTs.

 

State/UT wise statement showing number of Fair Price Shops having PoS devices as on 05.12.2017 

Sl.

States/UTs

Total No. of Fair Price Shops

No. of FPSs with Operational ePoS

1

Andhra Pradesh

28,663

28,663

2

A & N Islands

482

373

3

Arunachal Pradesh

1,731

0

4

Assam

38,238

0

5

Bihar

41,483

59

6

Chandigarh

0

0

7

Chhattisgarh

12,299

11,898

8

D & N Haveli

62

62

9

Daman & Diu

51

51

10

Delhi

2,260

14

11

Goa

446

42

12

Gujarat

17,209

17,209

13

Haryana

9,513

9,513

14

Himachal Pradesh

4,928

4,888

15

Jammu &Kashmir

5,970

0

16

Jharkhand

23,356

23,115

17

Karnataka

20,383

14,799

18

Kerala

14,335

0

19

Lakshadweep

39

0

20

Madhya Pradesh

22,469

22,469

21

Maharashtra

52,505

51,079

22

Manipur

2,154

0

23

Meghalaya

4,651

0

24

Mizoram

1,247

0

25

Nagaland

1,691

0

26

Odisha

13,306

13,306

27

Puducherry

0

0

28

Punjab

16,657

0

29

Rajasthan

25,928

25,793

30

Sikkim

1,421

20

31

Tamil Nadu

34,773

34,773

32

Telangana

17,159

11,339

33

Tripura

1,807

25

34

Uttar Pradesh

80,457

13,186

35

Uttarakhand

9,212

8

36

West Bengal

20,278

0

5,27,163

2,82,684

 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Shri C.R. Chaudhary today in Rajya Sabha.

 

 

AK