A lot of NGOs stepped up during the pandemic to help the needy with meals and medicines. Not to mention Sonu Sood who continues to emerge as a real-life hero to the world. To ensure no citizen sleeps hungry, Karnataka gets its first rice dispensing machine or ‘rice ATM’ that will soon be installed in Bengaluru. The ATM will be operational 24*7 with rice availability. Those in need can insert a coin in the machine and dispense a certain rice quantity. And now, the state-owned Horticultural Producers Co-operative Marketing and Processing Society Limited (HOPCOMS), a mobile app will deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to the doorsteps of customers in Bengaluru amid the lockdown. Here’s how you can order your groceries.
Karnataka Owned HOPCOMS To Deliver Fruits & Vegetables To Doorsteps Of People Amid Lockdown
Fresh fruits and vegetables sold in HOPCOMS outlets in Bengaluru will now be delivered to customers all across Bengaluru. To order your groceries, download the HOPCOMS app from Google Play Store. Book your orders a day before. According to The Indian Express, the available products and prices will be displayed. Customers can then receive their orders at their doorstep. The groceries will be sources from National games village outlets in Koramangala. With the elimination of middlemen, farmers can directly provide their products to consumers.
The Dispenser Will Have A Storage Capacity Of 200kg to 500 kg
The government also plans to see the automatic grain dispensing machine across other states including Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. These machines will check malpractices and distribute two commodities at a speed of 25 kg per 1.3 minutes. Each of the grain dispensers has a built-in storage capacity of 200 to 500 kg. Gujarat Has A Contactless Pani Puri ATM For The Hungry Foodies.
The Dispenser Will Help BPL Households
The Karnataka government has already been helping people with 5 kg of rice per month under the Anna Bhagya scheme. The government has been providing rice to every member of a Below Poverty Line (BPL) household since 2013. Under the same plan, ration cardholders get edible oils, sugar, salt, kerosene and other items at a lower price.
The ATM Will Be Installed In A Karnataka Slum
The Karnataka government plans to install the dispenser in a slum with a large number of people. The ATM will be open the entire day so people will not have to wait in long queues in front of ration shops. The ATM will make life easy for BPL citizens. Hyderabad Man Opens Rice ATM; To Feed 12,000 Needy People.
To make Rice ATMs convenient for public usage, the government might consider using a smart card or a biometric system similar to bank ATMs.