Mantra’s Aadhaar-enabled biometric devices deployed for food distribution

In an effort to curb fraud and better verify the identity of eligible food distribution recipients, the Uttar Pradesh government has deployed Mantra Softech‘s Aadhaar-enabled biometric devices to 19,661 fair price shops across the western districts of Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India.

India’s targeted public distribution system purchases staple food grains from farmers which is then allocated to the state government for disbursement to fair price shops which supply food staples each month to the eligible families benefiting from the system.

Mantra’s biometric technology has been deployed to address fraud and other identity duplication issues. The program now verifies beneficiaries biometrically through the Aadhaar system prior to food distributions. By implementing the Aadhaar biometric identification system officials can also can also track the details on the amount of wheat/rice given to beneficiaries in real-time.

Earlier this year Mantra unveiled a portable multi-modal biometric identification and verification tablet with IP65 rating for water and dust protection.

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