Army to add new feature to prevent misuse of canteen smart card

A large number of cases were detected wherein beneficiaries misused the facility of applying for both combined and separate liquor and grocery card, which amount to fraud.

Published: 09th May 2018 02:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th May 2018 02:24 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: Aiming to prevent the misuse of canteen smart card by relatives of serving or retired personnel, the Indian Army has now formulated an additional security feature of access control by storing the right index finger's impression in the individual smart card.

"We have received a number of complaints with regards to unauthorised individuals gaining access into Indian Army's Unit Run Canteens (URCs).

To stop them from entering into URCs, an additional feature has been added into the access control system by storing impression of the right index finger in the smart card," sources in the Indian Army said.

The URCs are an integral part of Canteen Stores Department (CSD) which runs retail stores for the defence forces and is also one of the largest buyers of the consumer products.

The sources also clarified the finger impression will not be stored anywhere else.

It will only be inserted into the smart card.

When the beneficiary visits the URCs, he/she has to swipe his/her canteen smart card and place the finger to authenticate the same.

The Army is also mulling to educate the beneficiaries on the same to avoid misinformation and lack of awareness, they added.

They also stated there is no need of Aadhaar and PAN card for applying for the canteen smart card.

The card issuing firm or any URCs will also not hold any personal documents if they were enclosed during applying for the card.

Earlier, Combined Canteen Smart Card was introduced to facilitate the Ex-Serviceman (ESM) in order to carry of multiple cards.

The combined canteen smart card was used for buying grocery and liquor.

However, a large number of cases were detected wherein beneficiaries misused the facility of applying for both combined and separate liquor and grocery card, which amount to fraud.

Based on the feedback, the system of a combined card has been done away with effect from April 1, 2018.

Veterans were requested to apply for separate cards.

All applications received till April 15, 2018 have been personalised and dispatched to respective URCs, the sources said.

The CSD with yearly sales of Rs 18,000 crore has 4,500 outlets throughout the country, selling everything from toothpaste to cars at lower tax rates to the defence personnel.

It even runs mobile stores for those deployed at forward locations.

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  • TKDas

    I am having valid ESM canteen smart card which valid in all CSD canteen for grocery item but it seems different in 151 base hospital unit run csd canteen .As per in charge ESM canteen card facility is valid only at stn hq.Narengi.any one pls confirm me the real fact if so then I will take up the matter.
    5 months ago reply
  • Brig Pradeep Sharma

    This is so sad! The army has messed up it's system! Each of us have an I card while in service and our dependents have a card too. On retirement or super annuatation each of us need to have the same card converted to an ESM card and our dependents to should be included in this. Where it comes to our children, their date of birth is recorded in our service book so the soft needs to accept an affidavit for unmarried daughter's only and all other children be blocked. Why should we have so many cards? The dependents card and principal card should both have grocery and liqour abd also serve as echs cards.
    6 months ago reply

    The defence personnel were given liquor quota as per their Rank.Similarly they should be given some amount on monthly basis.( Similar to medical allowance who do not opt for OPD in military hospitals)).sohe concerned can buy at his choicest civil outlet.with this saving of lot of manpower in CSD their Monthly PAY cost of Erect, maintenance And building rent/ space can be saved.Meny of the Quota liquor is in with civilians through one or other route...Govt should examine it in depth and take a decision.Already money is being paid in Leo of Ration to defence personnel..
    6 months ago reply
    • Brigadier Jaideep

      The comment is from someone who has no idea about service conditions. Please try n buy daily utility items against the recommended allowance let’s say at Tuting or Mechuka. We manage these URCs without any additional manpower or infrastructure
      6 months ago reply
  • Sreekumar

    Is this another fraud to benefit the card making company.. Earlier separate card for groceries (which can be used by member or NOK) and liquor card (which can be used by only the member). Or Combined card which can be used by member and NOK for groceries and member for liquor. From 31 Mar 18, the Combined card was altogether stopped and members were asked to apply for separate cards. In this, no where it is told to give fingerprint or they have taken it. Every time new things are brought, members are forced to pay for each card.. All these cards are having photos and identity particular... Can't the staff cross check the same.. Better educate the staff.. with out their involvement, no fraud can happen..
    6 months ago reply
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