JAMMU, Nov 24: Director Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Jammu Division, Amit Sharma today conducted a surprise tour of Ramgarh and Vijaypur in district Samba wherein, special emphasis was on performance and usage of electronic Point-of-Sales (ePOS) machines in various fair price shops located in different villages of the district.
He was accompanied with Deputy Director Food & Rationing, Kulraj Singh, Devinder Singh Bilowria, Assistant Director Samba, Yashwant Kumar, Manager M/s Linkwell Systems (POS Machines providers), TSOs and other officials of FCS&CA department.
Director FCS&CA conducted this tour primarily to assess implementation of online Aadhaar authentication as Samba is one of the leading districts in Aadhaar seeding amongst all districts of Jammu division wherein, it has crossed 85%. During the checking, Director pointed out few challenges while operating ePOS devices and directed the service providers to improve functioning and carry-out necessary exercises to ensure its smooth functioning.
However, during the random checking especially with technically specialised team of M/s Linkwell, it was discovered that still, lot of FPS shops are working on offline rather than online mode for feeding of transactions but Director Amit Sharma issued spot directions to his team to point out major reasons for same and take immediate necessary corrective measures to ensure total implementation of real-time Aadhaar authentication mode for issuance of ration tickets to the beneficiaries in future.
Sharma further asked the head of the M/s Linkwell Systems to send their teams immediately in all the districts of Jammu division to familiarise the departmental officials and FPS owners about 100% usage of ePOS Machines through online Aadhaar authentication which is the basic purpose and focus of ePDS and Supply Chain Management System.