The retail fertiliser dealers in Karnataka will have to use Point-of-Sale (PoS) devices from January 1, 2018. In order to eradicate pilferage in fertiliser subsidy, which Government of India provides worth Rs 60,000 crore to fertiliser companies annually, the digital payments in retailing nutrients is being made compulsory across the country.
To implement the Centre’s ruling, the Agriculture Department of Karnataka has made it compulsory for retail fertiliser dealers to transact using Point-of-Sale (PoS) devices from January 1, The Hindu reported.
The Department has directed all retailers in to obtain the machines, which are being distributed for free. The dealers have also been cautioned that their licence will be cancelled if they fail to use PoS machines come January.
Somasundra, Joint Director of Agriculture, told the newspaper that FACT, a leading fertiliser company in Mysuru district, is supplying the devices to retailers for free. He advised the dealers to obtain the machines as soon as possible and start using them now so that teething problems, if any, can be rectified.
He said the farmer’s or buyer’s identity will be verified through Aadhaar-based biometric authentication/ voter ID card/ Kisan Credit Card, and the fertiliser buyer’s details will be captured in the PoS device installed at the retailer’s shop. The machine will be connected to a central server.
Shankar, zonal manager, FACT, said that of the 403 dealers in the district, 148 have obtained the devices and efforts are on to convince the others to do the same. Meanwhile, there are over 200 unregistered dealers in the district, Shankar said. He asked such dealers to get registered and obtain the PoS machines after getting their mobile Fertiliser Monitoring System identity.