|Early Times Report|
Jammu, July 15: National Congress Coordinator Ashok Sharma has urged upon Lt. Governor, Chief Secretary, Commissioner Secretary PDS and Health to immediately change biometric mode into conventional mode ensuring health and safety of thousands of people in District Rajouri and others parts of the Union Territory of J&K and to halt the widespread of COVID-19.
Sharma added that Government of India on March 6, 2020 had already decided to exempt government employees from marking their attendance on the biometric system which was introduced way back in 2014 in India, over concerns that it could end up spreading COVID-19. Many state governments like Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Manipur including the J&K administration suspended biometric attendance systems for their government employees.
He further said that the most common method of transmission of virus seems to be through infected surfaces. Therefore, it is desirable to avoid touching surfaces, which might be infected due to human touch.
Sharma also said that States have taken their stand including Kerala. Post the suspension of fingerprint authentication in Kerala, the distribution through PDS shops in Kerala will be through one-time password (OTP)-based authentication mode or non-authenticated mode (simply based on ration card number entered manually by an official) to avoid widespread of COVID-19 infection.
He further appealed that in order to stop the spread of infection in offices, Ration Supply Management, etc. it is suggested to temporarily toss the biometric system in the garbage and adopt a non-touching management system for safety of the thousands of Ration card holders and hundreds of ration dealers in District Rajouri and elsewhere in a electronic communication sent to the Lt. Governor, J&K, Chief Secretary, and Commissioner Secretary PDS & Health.