Ensuring e-PoS Device Testing for Smooth ONORC Program Deployment: Delhi Government to Officers
The Delhi government has called on all deputy commissioners to ensure testing of e-PoS devices at fair-price stores under their jurisdiction by Saturday evening for the hassle-free rollout of the “One Nation One Ration Card” program. Center.
Food and Civilian Supply Department Additional Commissioner Kuldeep Singh issued an order on Friday warning authorities if test transactions are not carried out using e-PoS devices, which are essential for the implementation of the ONORC program.
Under this program, people holding a ration card under the National Food Security Law can collect their monthly food grain quota from any SPF across the country.
Portability depends on ePoS machines, which use Aadhaar-linked biometric authentication to verify the identity and rights of beneficiaries.
The Supreme Court had previously ordered the program to be implemented nationwide by July 31.
On July 7, the department had asked 117 of Delhi’s 2,000 FPS to perform 50 test transactions via e-PoS devices in order to prepare for the program’s launch in the capital.
Previously, training was provided to all FPS resellers regarding the operation of e-PoS.
Despite the passage of a week, as the IT branch reported, 117 FPS still did not test e-PoS devices, even for a single transaction. This is a serious matter that could affect the smooth running of the ONORC program, ” Singh said in the order.
” All concerned Asstt. Commissioners are urged to ensure that all e-PoS devices under their jurisdiction are tested no later than tomorrow (Saturday) evening at 5 p.m. Non-compliance will be taken seriously and measures, deemed appropriate, will be taken against the officers concerned, ” said the order.
Delhi had suspended use of ePoS in early 2018 following complaints of a poor network resulting in authentication failures and the exclusion of genuine beneficiaries.
Since then, the Center has written to the Delhi government to take it over to allow “transparent” distribution of food grains.
In April, the Delhi Food Service piloted the ONORC program from the Center to Seemapuri.
In June, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal rejected the Delhi government’s proposal to launch its flagship “home ration delivery” program citing a lack of authorization from the Center and an ongoing court case over the program.
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