After two public ration dealers in Anantnag district recently tested positive for coronavirus, triggering public outcry, the government suspended mandatory biometric authentication of ration cardholders across Kashmir.

Director, Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs ( FCSCA), Bashir Ahmad Khan said the decision was taken after concerns that biometric authentication on e-POS machines at the time of drawing ration, exposes beneficiaries as well as the dealers to the risk of contracting the virus.