Automation of fair price shops in Odisha aims to bring transparency
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 26-Mar-2017

Bhubaneswar, March 26: In order to facilitate transparent distribution of food grains among the beneficiaries Odisha fair price shops would be automated under the centre’s end-to-end computerization scheme. In all 13,529 shops will soon be automated to bring transparency.Minister for Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare, Sanjay Kumar Dasburma said that the automation process has started to buy machines through vendors and giving them to dealers in phases. The Minister informed that a total of 1,79,460 metric tons of rice and wheat is being distributed to 3,23,00000 consumers at all the fair price shops.

Fair price shop automation launched by the State Government is a part of the end-to-end computerization program started by the Centre; the Minister said replying to the question and added that Centre has fixed incentive of ` 17 per quintal sold through the shop automation system. However, the Centre is yet to provide any incentive amount so far, he said.

He said that the automation works for 1,565 fair price shops located in urban areas have been started since March 5 and the government has targeted to automate 3,414 fair shops in 87 blocks by end of April month. The rest 8 thousand 5 hundred 46 shops will be automated by June-end, the minister said.