VIJAYAWADA: For transparency and accountability in the public distribution system, the government will supply basic commodities at 511 public distribution centres in the district by implementing the EPOS (electronic point of sale) method from April 1 and extending it to the remaining 1,638 FP shops from May 1.
Speaking at an awareness programme held at Montessori women’s college here on Sunday, collector Babu A said that as part of the EPOS method, the dealers need to register the seven digit code given to them, dealer name, Aadhaar details along with the details of two nominees and their Aadhaar details through biometric method.
“This system will help address irregularities in the PDS. The electronic monitoring and digitisation of the chain-supply management would help in making the PDS more transparent. The dealers and route officers need to register the details of the stock received in the EPOS machine. As part of it, the customer IRIS will also be registered, to avoid fake customers,” Babu said.
The collector said that in the state, the Central government had decided to implement the EPOS method in 300 FP shops and soon they will be transformed into malls.
He warned the officials that stringent action will be taken against those who are involved in corrupt practices while distributing commodities to the beneficiaries.
Joint collector Gandham Chandrudu said that the EPOS machines need to be protected from children.