Haryana’s Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chatula recently announced that Gurugram is now officially the coveted spot for India’s first food grain ATM ‘Annapurti’. The purpose of this unique ATM is to make the distribution of grains to government-run ration shops easy and hassle-free.
बड़े गर्व के साथ साझा कर रहा हूं कि देश के पहले अनाज एटीएम 'अन्नपूर्ती' की शुरुआत हरियाणा के गुरुग्राम जिले से हुई है। इसका उद्देश्य विभिन्न सरकारी योजनाओं में मिलने वाले अनाज के वितरण को सुगम एवं पारदर्शी बनाना है। pic.twitter.com/WgFGHRRqfd
— Dushyant Chautala (@Dchautala) July 14, 2021
The main objective of this pilot project is to make sure that the right quantity of grain is sent to the right person without any hassle. The machine named ‘Annapurti’ can dispense up to 70 kg of grains within 5-7 mins.
According to reports released by the Haryana government, planning is underway to set up these grain ATMs in every government-run ration shop across the state. The ATM is linked to a biometric system and is fitted with a touch screen, where the beneficiaries of the scheme can enter their Aadhaar card number or ration card number to avail the benefits. As of now, the machine can only dispense 3 types of grains – wheat, rice, and millet.
The ‘Annapurti’ initiative is an important step put forward by the United Nations World Food program, which is working together with the Indian Government to eradicate the problem of food scarcity among the poorer section of the society.