E-pos in all ration shops in Kerala

Kerala government on Wednesday said installation of Electronic Point of Sale (E-Pos) in all ration shops is fast progressing as part of the National Food Security Act to ensure transparent functioning of PDS.

Tenders have been floated for E-pos to be installed in Public Distribution System shops and once the entire process was completed, all irregularities in PDS would be contained, Food and Civil Supplies Minister P. Thilothaman informed the Assembly.

He was replying to a notice for an adjournment motion moved by the Congress led UDF Opposition, which alleged that the PDS in Kerala has come to standstill and government has failed to check the price rise of essential commodities.

Stating that Kerala has started distributing food grains under NFS Act, he said a pilot project started in April to provide essential commodities directly to ration shops, avoiding middlemen and to check diversion has been expanded this month to six more districts, including Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode.

The system will be introduced across the state by June, he said.

Under PDS supply, 1.54 crore people are entitled to four kg rice and one kg wheat free of cost, 1.24 crore people to two kg of rice at Rs two per kg and 65 lakh people, one kg of rice at Rs 8.90 and wheat at Rs 7.