Bio-Metric system in Ration shops to curb irregularities: Etala

Apparently to check irregularities and to maintain transparency in distributing essential commodities across the state, government has taken a decision to introduce biometric system in all ration shops. The step will help curb wrongdoings and ensure fair supply of essential commodities among the public on cards.

All the ration shops are likely to get the biometric system and help maintain transparency, Civil Supplies and Finance Minister Etala Rajender said and directed the officials to take immediate measures to introduce biometric system for fool-proof distribution of the ration items.

The minister held a high-level review meeting here with Commissioner C V Anand and other officials. Rajender also wanted that the officials give some more time to ration shop dealers to curb misuse of the goods ought to be given to the people on ration cards. He asked the officials to focus on collecting CMR arrears from the millers by giving some more time and ensure proper procurement. The minister asked them to initiate stringent measures against those shifting the commodities to black market and illegal hoarders.

Rajendar also reiterated that severe action will be taken against those who carry misinformation campaign on the availability of salt in the market. The people should not get panicked as 900 metric tons of salt was available in the open market, he said, adding that hoarders will be punished with iron hand. There shall be no inconvenience to the farmers at grain purchase centers and officials should take steps to provide minimum support price to their produce, he stressed. (NSS)