Aakash tablets for disbursal of subsidised grain, LPG
This is a facility similar to the micro ATMs being rolled out for cash payments under various welfare and pension schemes. The Aadhaar-enabled unified payment infrastructure is already in place for payments under the rural employment guarantee scheme.
This is how Aakash 2 tablets will be useful for sale of subsidised commodities: There will be a biometric device — say, a fingerprint scanner — with every vendor connected to the tablet. The buyer will be asked to have his fingers scanned and also punch in his Aadhaar number on the tablet. If the two data sets match, he or she will be identified as eligible for the subsidy entitlement.
“We are developing a fingerprint scanner which directly hooks up to Aakash 2. The development and testing of these devices is on although it will take a while before large-scale rollouts are possible. There are other kinds of biometric interfaces also. An iris scanner is also being developed,” said Suneet Singh Tuli, chief executive of Canada-based DataWind, the company that developed the Aakash.
This means that Aakash is the second device after micro
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