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Minister hints at automation of FCI godowns
 

The state government will soon install electronic weighing machines (EWM) and close circuit TVs at all the Food Corporation of India (FCI) godowns. Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Dinesh Gundurao said here on Sunday that there have been complaints of irregularities in weight and measurement, and of illegal transportation of food grains under the PDS from several districts.Hence, to plug the loopholes in the PDS, the government has decided to install EWMs and CCTVs in all the godowns owned by the FCI. The project will not see a huge expenditure by the state exchequer, and will be a reality very soon, he asserted.On the ration card, the minister stated that the government has decided to introduce smart cards for the ration card beneficiaries. At present, the ration card given to the beneficiaries are very thin and non-durable.