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By June end this year all fair price shops (FPS) or ration depots of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Department in the urban areas would be equipped with electronic Point of Sale (ePoS) machines (ATM swipe machines).

The Food Minister Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today said this after meeting the concerned officials of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, an official spokesperson said.


“As a bank we are also committed for the welfare of the State.  So we assure you that by the end of June this year we will install ePoS machines in all the departmental FPS falling in urban  areas in the first phase,” President, Technology and Assembly, J&K Bank Reshi Baru said, according the spokesperson.

The meeting informed that FPS falling in rural areas would be taken in the second phase, work for which would be started immediately after the completion of the first phase.

Speaking at the meeting, the minister said that FCS&CA wants to create a transparent system.  “The department is striving hard to go for digitalization of entire process and making our 7,000 FP Shops across the State “Cashless” through installation of e PoS is a step in the direction,” he added.

The Minister stressed for completing the work in a time bound manner.  He said expedition of ePoS installation would greatly help in making all FCS&CA more transparent. GKNN