Biometric scanners to block theft in ration stores

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They ensure that food grains in ration stores are only given to ration card holders

They ensure that food grains in ration stores are only given to ration card holders

The Department of Civil Supplies has installed biometric scanners at 45 Fair Price Stores (FPS) across the city as part of a pilot project to prevent unauthorized individuals from getting their hands on cereal intended for cardholders of rationing.

Citizen fingerprints are now linked to their Aadhaar cards.

“Once the cardholders are fingerprinted, only the cardholder and their family members can be assigned food grains. All family members whose names are on the card are eligible for their quota of subsidized edibles,” said an official from the Chief Rationing Officer (CRO) office in Hyderabad.

The nine circles, each having five FPS outlets in Hyderabad district, were covered by the project, which was launched in November 2011 under the Electronic Point of Service (EPOS) pilot project. The biometric machines are all connected to the servers of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

Initial Barriers

However, the fingerprint readers initially caused problems for users due to a problem in government servers.

“There are three servers and even if there is a problem with one of them, there will be a problem with the biometric machines. But, we managed to overcome the initial setbacks,” the manager said. .

Weak fingerprints

Elderly people and manual workers with calloused hands register weak fingerprints that do not register with biometric scanners.

“For these people, the rations are issued by the FPS point of sale inspector,” the official said.

For those who do not have an Aadhaar card, registration ID numbers are searched and these are entered into the network at the FPS exit for the cardholder to obtain a one-time password.

This is sent to his mobile number registered with the CRO. “That way everyone is covered. But most people in Hyderabad have Aadhaar cards,” the official added.

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