India's first 'Grain ATM' has been installed as a pilot project in Gurugram on Wednesday. As the name suggests, this is an automated machine which works exactly like a normal bank ATM.
According to reports, the machine was set under the ‘World Food Programme’ of the United Nations (UN), and is called the ‘Automated, Multi Commodity, Grain Dispensing Machine’.
Deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala said this would not only benefit the consumers, but would also give a hassle-free living regarding shortage of food grains at government depots and would bring more transparency in the public food distribution system than before.
Now after a successful completion of this Grain ATM at Farrukhnagar in Gurugram, there is a plan to install these food supply machines across the state.
The ATM has biometric system with a touch screen, where the beneficiary need to enter the Aadhaar or ration card number. On biometric authentication, the foodgrain prescribed by the government to the beneficiaries will be automatically filled in the bags attached under the machine.
This machine can provide only three types of grains - wheat, rice and millet. For now, the distribution of wheat has been started in Farrukhnagar.