E-PoS machines fail; ration distribution in state at standstill
E-PoS machines fail; ration distribution in state at standstill

E-PoS machines fail; ration distribution in state at standstill


Kozhikode: Ration distribution in the state has come to a standstill as the E-PoS machines stopped functioning. The crisis is reached as the server down error is a frequent issue in the distribution system. Following this, free rice distribution to the flood affected people also has been stopped in midway. People are struggling with their living as they have no jobs due to heavy rains and other reasons. Ration is the only hope of survival. Adding to their trauma, E-PoS machines at ration outlets are sometimes not responding and sometimes server down error too. To get one kg rice, the consumer has to stand in queue for an hour. When the matter was informed to the authorities, they responded that the server is weak. Currently, Kerala state has no separate server system. The whole servers in the country are controlled from Andhra Pradesh. The server for Kerala can manage only 8000 ration outlets whereas, nearly 14,000 ration shops are functioning under it. Thus, the ration distribution issue became severe. Last month, the server was down for five or six times which led to skirmish between ration card holders and distributors. This issue has been present since the E-PoS system was introduced in the state in January. The E-PoS machine functions incorporating all ration outlets of the state, district, taluk supply offices and warehouses including FCI’s. The server has no capacity to incorporate all these offices and outlets. Though, the authorities claim that the installing of new server is underway, nothing has happened so far. The server down issue costs huge amount of money loss to the distributors. At present, the distributors earn only Rs 220, if they sell one quintal of rice. As the E-PoS posed trouble, consumers are approaching other sources. After introducing E-PoS machine system, the government had decided to give salary to distributors apart from the commission they get. But the system has not been implemented yet. The suggested salary package for distributors were: Rs 14,000 for 25 quintals, Rs 18,000 for 45 quintals, Rs 23,400 for 75 quintals, Rs 27,900 for 100 quintals, Rs 32,400 for 125 quintals, Rs 36,900 for 150 quintals, Rs 41,400 for 175 quintals and Rs 45,900 for 200 quintals.



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