Bhubaneswar: Since COVID-19 is a respiratory infection and transmitted through droplets by touching of nose, eyes and mouth, Odisha Government today exempted biometric mode of Aadhaar authentication for distribution of PDS ration.
Food and Supplies Minister Raja Swain said, “in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, biometric mode of Aadhar authentication using finger print scanner and IRIS device has been exempted, during distribution of PDS ration through e-PoS device at Fair Price Shops until further orders.”
However, necessary instructions will be issued to all field functionaries and fair price shop dealers to continue with distribution through e-PoS devices only in automated mode by maintaining social distancing and other COVID-19 advisories.
In February, 2017, the Central Government had made biometrics mode of Aadhaar verification mandatory for the beneficiaries to avail PDS ration.
“In view of the current pandemic situation, the Government is taking every possible measure to stop spread of the deadly virus,” said a senior official.