Reward system started for point of sale machine users at fair price shops in city

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Monday, 4 March 2019

“People using POS machines will be given a receipt at the fair price shop and the winners will be decided through a lottery system,” added Bapat

Pune: To encourage people to buy foodgrain through point of sale (POS) machines at fair price shops, Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat has decided to award a few selected people using these machines.

Speaking at an award distribution event held at Council Hall on Sunday, Guardian Minister Bapat said that rewarding people will help people get used to the process and more and more people would use the POS machines. 

“People using POS machines will be given a receipt at the fair price shop and the winners will be decided through a lottery system,” added Bapat.

The Maharashtra government has equipped fair price shops with point of sale (POS) machines to ensure disbursement of grain through bio-metric authentication. The government has also claimed that inclusion of POS process has helped the government prevent black marketing of foodgrains, thereby benefiting the common people.

Earlier, the Guardian Minister had said that people should only look at this as a small step to promote the use of POS machines. “The rewards are very small such as a pressure cooker,” Bapat said.

The Minister claimed that the fair price shops will now mandatorily hand over receipts to people. “The winners will be selected from each ration shop and some owners of fair price shops will also be rewarded,” said Bapat.

11 persons were also rewarded with electric two-wheelers. 

Maharashtra sees 2.15 lakh metric tonnes of wheat and 1.68 lakh metric tonnes of rice being distributed to beneficiaries every month through a network of around 52,000 fair price shops.

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