CM launches implantation of ONORC and FPS through e-POS devices

Gangtok, 28 Jul (IPR):

The Chief Minister of Sikkim, Prem Singh Tamang launched the implementation of the One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) and Fair Price Shops (FPS) Automation through e-POS devices in the State of Sikkim at SammanBhawan, Gangtok today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang lauded this flagship program of the Prime Minister NarendraModi and expressed his gratitude for his concern for the wellbeing of the people especially, BPL families and migrant labours. Further, he added that this will create a proper database and will put an end to the misuse of ration cards and fraudulent beneficiaries. He also acknowledged the prime benefit of this program which enables beneficiaries to avail ration throughout the country and will be of great help to the migrant labours.

The main aim and objective behind the implementation of ONORC and FPS automation are to promote transparency and accountability for the distribution of food grains under the public distribution system. This flagship initiative will enable the beneficiaries to avail ration from any Fair Price Shops in the country. This will also enable the migrant workers to draw their authorised ration with ease.

The Department of Food & Civil Supplies will be implementing the flagship program to meet the Nationwide portability of the PDS commodities under the National Food Security Act, 2013 through ONORC which aims to provide an option to all Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) & Priority Households (PHH) beneficiaries using their existing Ration Card with Aadhaar authentication on the Electronic Point of Sale (e-POS) devices available in all Fair Price Shops (FPS).

The FPS automation through e-PoS devices has been categorically designed given the difficult terrain of Sikkim with three modes of distribution:

- Online distribution through biometric authentication of beneficiaries under NFSA, 2013.

- Fully offline distribution in the dark zone or border areas where no internet connectivity is available.

- Partially/Hybrid distribution in the fluctuating network due to being a difficult terrain and e-POS application will automatically switch to online-offline mode as per network availability.

The Chief Minister also congratulated the Food & Civil Supplies Department on the launch of the program and expressed his belief that they will swiftly implement the program in the state. He also thanked the NIC, New Delhi and Hyderabad for organising the event and also distributed tokens to three beneficiaries.

Minister (Food & Civil Supplies, UDD), ArunUpreti, Advisor (Food & Civil Supplies), Chairperson (Food & Civil Supplies), Chief Secretary, Secretary (Food & Civil Supplies), Secretary (Chief Minister's Office) and other dignitaries from Department of Food & Public Distribution, Government of India were present during the event.