Digital Ration Card: There is good news for the ration card beneficiaries. Now Kotedar will not weigh less ration under any circumstances. Actually, the government has made the new digital ration card rule mandatory for the Kotdars. On one hand, the government has extended the period of free ration till December. On the other hand, the Modi government’s ambitious ‘One Nation One Ration Card Scheme’ has been implemented in the entire country, after which online electronic Point of Sale (POS) devices have been made mandatory at all shops. The effect of this decision of the government is also clearly visible. Let us know in detail.
No cheat in weighing ration!
In fact, under the National Food Security Law, in order to ensure that the right amount of food grains is available to the beneficiaries, the Central Government has decided to link Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) devices with electronic scales at ration shops. The law has amended the rules. After this it has become mandatory for all the Kotdars to keep electronic scales.
Digital ration card rule implemented across the country
After this order of the government, now all the fair price shops in the country have been connected with online electronic point of sale ie POS devices. That is, now there is no scope left for disturbances in the ration weighing. To ensure that the beneficiaries of the Public Distribution System (PDS) do not get less ration under any circumstances, hybrid model point of sale machines have been provided to the ration dealers. Let us tell you that these machines will work offline as well as in online mode if there is no network.
Know what the rule says?
The government says that this amendment is an attempt to further the process of reforming foodgrain weighing under section 12 of the Act by improving the transparency of the operations of the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) under the NFSA. In fact, there used to be complaints continuously that in many places the Kotedars weigh less rations. Under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), the government is providing five kg of wheat and rice (foodgrains) per person per month to about 80 crore people of the country at a subsidized rate of Rs 2-3 per kg respectively.
What has changed?
The Government informed that the sub-rules of the Food Security (Assistance to State Governments Rules) Rules, 2015 to incentivize States to operate EPOS equipment in a proper manner and to promote savings from additional profits of Rs.17.00 per quintal (2) Rule 7 has been amended.
Under this, the additional margin provided for the cost of purchase, operation and maintenance of point of sale devices, if any, is saved by any State / Union Territory, the same can be shared with the purchase, operation and maintenance of electronic weighing scales for both. is being used for integration. That is, the government has now become strict to deliver complete ration to the beneficiaries.