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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 12:55 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 12:55 AM (IST)RATION DISTRIBUTION

Baijal approves withdrawal of e-PoS

Refers OTP related fraudulent PDS transactions to ACB

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 16

Days after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed corruption in distribution of ration by “misuse” of one time passwords (OTP) in the electronic point of sale (e-PoS), Lt Governor Anil Baijal today approved rolling back of the e-PoS provision and referred the entire matter for probe to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).

Baijal assured that strict action would be taken against anyone found guilty with the move thus bringing to en end his long tussle with the AAP government over the continuance of the contentious e-PoS for ration delivery in the city.

However, in the case of the “doorstep delivery” of services, the LG said he has “no objection to it” suggested the Delhi Government to take the approval of the Centre — a statutory requirement under Section 12(2)(h) of the National Food Security Act, 2013, as pointed out by the Law Department in its note in the file concerned before the scheme is implemented.

Clarifying on its earlier refusal to agree to the AAP government’s demand for suspension of the e-PoS, the LG observed that he was surprised to receive a proposal from the elected government to suspend the operation of e-PoS devices which it was keen to introduce just a few months ago in view of its crucial role in preventing diversion of food grains as explained above and particularly at a time when as per the department, the operation of e-PoS had entered into a crucial phase to weed out lakhs of ineligible beneficiaries.

“The LG received the proposal for suspension of e-PoS (point of sale) devices from the Chief Minister and Minister for Food and Supplies and concurred with the same,” read a statement issued by Raj Niwas.

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