Tribune News Service
Shimla, May 9
The Himachal Kisan Sabha has urged Food and Civil Supplies Minister Rajinder Garg to suspend biometric authentication at Public Distribution System (PDS) outlets in view of the raging pandemic.
The Kisan Sabha said if the situation did not improve soon and the curfew is imposed for a long time, daily wagers and labourers would start bearing the brunt. “If the situation continues to deteriorate, labourers and daily wagers will need to be provided foodgrains. At such a time, the biometric authentication at PDS depots needs to be suspended,” the Kisan Sabha said. “The use of biometric could further spread the virus and also it creates long queues outside depots, which will put everyone at risk.”
Keeping in view these problems, the Kisan Sabha urged the minister to immediately issue orders to suspend biometric authentication.