In a first of a kind initiative, Haryana Government recently set up its first ‘grain ATM machine’ for dispensing food grains at Farrukhnagar town of Gurugram. Taking to Twitter to announce the unique initiative, Haryana's Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala wrote in Hindi, that the country's first food grain ATM 'Annapurti' has been set up in Gurugram district of Haryana. The purpose of this ATM is to make the distributions of grains at government-run ration shops easy and hassle-free, he wrote further. As a part of this pilot project, the Haryana Government is planning to install these grain ATMs in every government-run ration shop across the state. In an official statement, CM Dushyant Chautala said, "The purpose of installing this machine is to ensure that the right quantity should reach the right beneficiary with minimum hassle." Take a look at his tweet:

According to a report in Hindustan Times, the Haryana government is planning to install grain ATMs across all the government-run ration depots to ensure speedy and transparent distribution of wheat, rice and millet among the eligible ration card holders. As per a statement in PTI, 'Grain ATM' is an automatic machine like the bank ATMs, and here, the error in the measurement of grains is negligible. The machine also comes with a biometric system with a touch-screen, where the beneficiaries have to enter their Aadhaar or ration card number to get their grains. The machines will be installed under the ''World Food Programme'' of United Nations.  

Soon after the announcement by Mr. Chautala on Twitter, people took to their social media handles to applaud the initiative.

Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, Niti Ayog said it is a revolutionary initiative taken by Haryana DCM “that will ensure transparency and accuracy in the state's public food distribution system.”


“We need such ATMs in all India.” wrote another user. While another user highlighted how it is revolutionary for the public distribution system in India.  Take a look:

Akshaya Patra Foundation, tweeted non-profit organisation also tweeted in support. "We welcome food relief efforts like #Annapurti Grain ATM and wish for successful results so they may benefit more communities and people.”