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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 1:00 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 1:00 AM (IST)

Public distribution to go cashless from July 1

Software developed

  • A special software has been created for making digital payments
  • Under this, the consumers will not even have to carry a debit and credit card at the PDS outlets
  • Payments will be made directly through theAadhaar-based system linked to the bank account

Pradeep Sharma

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20

In a development that will give a push to cashless economy, the public distribution system (PDS) transactions are set to go cashless in Haryana from July 1.

Officials said the Khattar government had already prepared the ground for the cashless transactions in the PDS by taking stakeholders, including depot holders, government officials and consumers, on board.

Now, a special software has been created for making digital payments. Under this, the consumers will not have to carry even a debit and credit card for making payment at the PDS outlets and the payments would be made directly through the Aadhaar-based system linked to the bank account. The testing of the software was in the final stages, said the officials.

SS Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Food and Supplies Department, told The Tribune that the introduction of cashless system in the PDS would go a long way in accomplishing the dream of “digital Haryana”.

Officials said with 26.40 lakh ration cards already Aadhaar-enabled and installation of the point of sale (POS) devices at fair price shops completed, the digital payments in the PDS would be expedited. The new system would go a long way in checking fleecing by the depot holders, the officials added.

Haryana, it seems, is following in the footsteps of Andhra Pradesh, which has reportedly made appreciable progress in this direction. In fact, the software for the cashless transactions is being developed by an Andhra Pradesh-based firm.

Earlier, the state government has introduced the Aadhaar-enabled PDS under which the beneficiaries have to make biometric attendance to get ration in a bid to eliminate bogus beneficiaries.


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