Taking the Internet by storm, India’s first Grain ATM ‘Annapurti’ is all set to provide large amounts of grains within minutes to the citizens of Gurugram, Haryana. A biometric system installed in the machine will cater to the needs of grains for beneficiaries in no time.
On Wednesday, the nation got the first ever ‘Grain ATM’ of its kind which is said to supply 70kg of grains in a time frame of five to seven minutes. It is called an Automated, Multi-commodity, Grain Dispensing Machine.
Dushyant Chautala, Haryana’s Deputy Chief Minister, present at the launching, stated that this pilot project of unique grain-dispense facility has been installed in Farrukhnagar region of Gurugram to ensure simple and hassle-free distribution of food grains to the citizens.
First, the touch screen equipped in the biometric system is a notable feature of the Annapurti ATM. All you need to do is to enter your Aadhaar Card number or ration card number. Second, when the verification process is completed, the amount of food grain allocated by the State Government for a beneficiary will be filled in bags kept under the ATM automatically.
At present, wheat is distributed. The grains that are going to be rendered along with this are rice and millet. This set-up acts like a grain bank for beneficiaries and will be further launched in the state under the United Nations World Food Programme.
This milestone will cater to the needs of thousands of beneficiaries, said Mr Chautala, who is also holding the responsibility of the food and civil supplies department.
According to the deputy CM, another purpose stated by the department is to address the shortage of grains and bring transparency regarding the distribution between the public and the government’s food depot operators.