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Online EPOS Machines are Plaguing the Public Distribution System in Jharkhand

Three ration shops in Sunderpahari block, Jharkhand, are facing problems due to the faulty operation of the ePOS machine. 

India's social commitment to provide food security to the destitute came true with the Targeted Public Distribution System (PDS) in 1997, which aimed at eradicating food scarcity through the distribution of food and non-food items to the poor at subsidised rates.

A recent development took place, where electronic Point of Sale (e-PoS) was introduced in several ration shops in order to streamline the conventional food supply system. However, it didn't take long, that problems related to ePOS machines started to surface. Poor internet signals interrupted supply distribution, impeding demands.

In Bashori Panchayat, Sunderpahari block, Jharkhand, where three ration shops are facing similar issues with the faulty operation of the ePOS machine, is leading to delay in distribution of ration. While the locals have to travel two to three kilometers to scan their fingerprints, several beneficiaries are being deprived of ration.

 

Video made by Mary Nisha Hansda. 

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