The Government of Kerala has decided to implement a Model Pilot Project of End to End Computerization of TPDS in 22 ARDs (14 shops in Thiruvananthapuram and 8 shops in Ernakulam Districts) from August 2015. These ARDs are to be renovated and civil construction works are under progress in those ARDs. Hindustan Pre-fab is entrusted for the Civil Works in these ARDs. The lab test of different e-PoS machines from 5 vendors to be tested in the Model Pilot is going on in Delhi by WFP and in the Control Room at the Civil Supplies Commissionerate by Department Staff/PIU/WFP team. The Department follows guidelines issued by Government of India regarding the selection of E-PoS machines. In order to send SMS to beneficiaries as part of pilot, an SLA has been signed with MSDG (Messages Services Delivery Gateway). The Department requested Kerala State IT Mission for Sub AUA licence and also requested CSC eGov Services for Sub AUA license in the model pilot.
One of the main leanings from the APL-SS pre pilot that was done by Departrnent of Civil Supplies, GoK was that there is an imperative need for an offline mode of operations without which the FPS solution would not be successful in Kerala. The PoS solution should have 2 modes Online and Offline. ln the online mode the primary method of authentication would be using Aadhaar with online authentication and the failure exception would be the use of OTP. During the offline mode, the PoS should be able to buffer biometric packets and authenticate them on return of connectivity in a batch mode. The retrieval of entitlements during offline mode would take place from the data stored in the PoS (only for the particular FPS and synchronised with the online Server).
For the GPS tracking of vehicles an i-TAC device developed by KELTRON will be fixed in all vehicles engaged in the PDS trip from FCI Depot, Valiyathura to Sub Depot, Chalai (SUPPLYCO AWD) and from Sub Depot, Chalai to the ARDs coming under Model Pilot. Three different commission Structures, as evolved from the Viability workshop conducted based on WFP study and detailed discussion with ARDs, AWDs etc., will be experimented in the Model Pilot. As part of implementing door-to-door delivery required by NFSA, 2013, all charges for transportation including Atti kooli paid at the ARD will be met by the Department.
As part of the implementation of Model Pilot for End-to-End Computerisation of PDS in 22 ARDs, the Hon’ble Minister for Food & Civil Supplies launched the pilot project in ARD-32 at Kanjirampara, Thiruvananthapuram. Among the e-PoS machines from 5 different vendors, the first successfully tested Bewo e-Pos machine was placed in ARD-32 at Kanjirampara. During the launch of the project two e-PoS transactions was successfully made by the Hon’ble Minister to the beneficiaries in ARD-32. The Scenario in which Ration distribution is made possible through the machine in case Aadhaar authentication fails, through OTP, was also demonstrated successfully. As soon as a transaction is made in a ration shop, it goes into the main server and the e-PoS transactions from the shops are reflected real time in a dashboard and gets accounted for in all concerned offices. which enables the system to be more transparent and accountable. All vehicles carrying food items for ration distribution would be monitored through a GPS system
Remaining Ration shops included in the project will be supplied Electronic Point of Sale (e-POS) machines for conducting transactions. All transactions, and the tracking of the vehicles, will be monitored from a Control Room at the Civil Supplies Commissionerate. “Additionally, the e-POS machine enables Aadhaar-based and non Aadhaar-based transactions and enables automatic bill generation. The GPS-based vehicle tracking system has been provided with the assistance of KELTRON. The truck is tracked all the way from the Food Corporation of India godown to the Authorised Wholesale Dealer’s godown and from there to the individual ARDs. The route that the vehicle has to take is pre-assigned and any stop-over, even if for a few minutes, will be recorded. A geo-fencing system alerts designated officials once the vehicle enters the limits of the ARD concerned. WFP, one of the world’s largest relief agencies working on food security, is providing the technical support for the project.
Once the project is implemented, the government will be able to follow the details of rice bags right from the warehouses of Food Corporation of India to wholesale dealers through GPS tracking and plug any leakage. At the consumer-end, fingerprints will be used to identify beneficiaries at the PDS shops that will be equipped with Internet-ready e-PoS machines connected to a central server. The server will store digitized data of all beneficiaries from the state’s 34 million people, including their Aadhaar numbers.
“We expect to finish the pilot project in a matter of three months and after that we will go for the state-wide implementation to all 14,000 ARDs which we expect to finish in a year’s time. The funds for this project are not a problem as the Centre will provide them in instalments. Besides, the state government is also sharing the cost,” said the Hon’ble Minister, Shri. Anoop Jacob
WFP Country Director Shri. Hameed Nuru, Deputy Country Director Shri.Jan Delbaer, Food Secretary, Shri. Devendra Kumar Dhotawat, Civil Supplies Commissioner Shri. Shyam Jagannathan and SUPPLYCO Managing Director Shri. A T James were present in the occassion.