Aizawl: Launching a first-time initiative, the Mizoram government has introduced Electronic Point of Sales (ePOS) systems at fair-price shops across the state.
Mizoram food civil supplies and consumer affairs (FCS&CA) minister K Lalrinliana launched the facility at Zonuam Retailer in Aizawl earlier this week.
In a statement released, it was informed that the ePOS facility is expected to be installed in all 149 fair-price shops available within Aizawl by the end of this month. Adding to it, the same facility is expected to be made available in the remaining 1,270 fair-price shops at different parts of the state at the earliest.
Speaking on the occasion, K Lalrinliana said that ePOS facility will ensure transparency in the public distribution system (PDS) by facilitating beneficiaries to get their actual quota of ration.
He also added that the system will reduce wastage and contain unfair disposal of the surpluses which frequently cost the government heavily. Lalrinliana further informed that EPoS machine is the simplest device that can be easily used and operated by the users without any complication.
The minister also asked all beneficiaries to link their Aadhar number with their ration card in order to avail benefit through the PDS at fair price shops after the implementation of ePoS.
The inaugural function was attended by sitting legislator from Aizawl West-I constituency Zothantluanga and other top state officials.
With the launch of ePoS, Mizoram has joined other states on the drive of ‘End to End Computerisation of TPDS Operation scheme’, which is a joint initiative of Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and National Informatics Centre (NIC).