‘Biometric system in fair price shops to save over Rs 800 crore annually’
By Express News Service | Published: 11th January 2017 04:10 AM |
HYDERABAD: The State Consumer Affairs, Food and Civil Supplies department has succeeded in saving Rs 85.5 crore in the last five months, said commissioner CV Anand, who had taken charge of the department many months ago, while addressing media on Tuesday.
“Our discussions with various stakeholders including rice millers and fair price shop dealers brought about a positive change. Allotment of paddy millers has become systematic, electricity consumption has reduced, defaulters are booked under Preventive Detention Act, gunny bags worth Rs 66.5 crore have been recovered and with installation of GPS on 1,150 vehicles, transporting rice allotted as per PDS are being tracked and monitored,” said Anand explaining the measures adopted.
Talking about measures, he said the introduction of biometric system in fair price shops will save at least Rs 800 crore per annum. The department, said Anand, in the new year has come up with five wings of the corporation to improve the efficiency of functioning.