Shri Ram Vilas Paswan,
Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
congratulated the State Government of Gujarat on becoming the first
State in the country for establishing Cashless System for distribution
of foodgrains. Shri Paswan lauded the efforts of the State Government
for installing Aadhaar Enabled Payment System in 17250 FPSs, much before
the targeted date of 31st March, 2017.
The beneficiaries under NFSA will need to carry only Aadhaar cards for
getting their foodgrains in Gujarat. This will help in establishing the
identity of beneficiaries, help in stopping the leakages of grains at
shop level and above all eradicate corruption in the Public Distribution
Gujarat State has taken a step ahead by partnering with common service
centres, a Special Purpose Vehicle of Ministry of Electronics and IT by
offering 30 odd digital services through the FPSs. Now a consumer will
also be able to get his Rail, Air and Bus ticket reserved at the FPS
itself. A beneficiary can pay his mobile bill, a farmer can deposit crop
insurance premium, LIC premium etc. at these centres. A farmer can get
the Soil Health Card and registration for Centrally Sponsored Schemes.
It is told that the State Government is also trying to make provision
for monthly bus travel pass for students and payment of electricity bill
through these shops. Besides, one can use the computer and internet
facility at the FPS.
It is worth mentioning that Shri Paswan had organized a meeting with
State Food Ministers on the 19th January, 2017 for establishing Cashless
System in the Public Distribution System across the country. In the said
meeting majority of States agreed to provide Cashless arrangements by
31st March, 2017. There are over 81 crore beneficiaries under NFSA and
Cashless system in PDS will become the largest cashless system in the
country, once it is implemented.