Bhubaneswar, 7/10 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty ) : “Odisha Government is in the process of completing identification of PDS beneficiaries under National Food Security Act-2013. Enough precautionary measures have been taken to make beneficiary identification error free. A robust and comprehensive grievance redresal mechanism is being put in place. The Government is now set to take up programme for Fair Price Shop Automation and their viability. The main objective is to automate FPS transactions and authenticate beneficiaries at the point of sale to ensure food grains reach the intended beneficiaries”, said Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Kumar Das Burma, inaugurating State level Consultation Workshop on FPS Automation and viability.
The workshop organised by Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department in collaboration with Odisha Modernising Economy, Governance and Administration Programme was to choose right model for Fair Price Shop Automation in the State. Odisha Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Secretary Madhusudan Padhy elaborated plan to automate 28 thousand FPS across the state to ensure effective delivery transparency and accountability.
Joint Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution, Government of India Deepak Kumar highly appreciated the steps taken by Odisha Government for different components of End to End computerisation of Public Distribution System. He mentioned that with timely completion of FPS Automation Odisha will be a role model for many other states and UTs.
Representative of World Food Programme Ankit Sood stressed upon the role of Ration Card Management System and Supply Chain Management System to support the Fair Price Shop Automation. He presented pross and cons of different models FPS Automation on the basis of field experience from Rayagada in Odisha and Kerala.
Representatives from Gujurat, Telengana, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh shared their experience in the context of FPS Automation. RDC (North Division) NBS Rajput stressed upon proper beneficiary identification system during the distribution of rations has to be put in place. Different vendors namely Visiontek, Bosch, Fourth Lion, BEL made presentation on different models of FPS automation supported by them in different states along with the relevant recommendations for Odisha.
Attending valedictory session, Additional Chief Secretary R. Balakrishnan advised to analyse the available options and take up the model best suitable for Odisha keeping in view local condition.
The workshop was attended by RDCs, Collectors, CSOs and officials from Food Supply & Consumer Welfare Department and Odisha State Civil Supply Corporation. Representatives from World Food Programme and OMEGA also attended the workshop.