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Automation of Utility Store Corporation to ease provision of targeted subsidy on food essentials: Khusro Bakhtiar

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Industries and Production Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar presided over the meeting on the progress of the digitalization and automation program of Utility Store Corporation (USC) under the Digital Pakistan Initiative.

The meeting was attended by the Secretary Industries and Production, the Managing Director USC, senior officials of the Ministry, and representative of PTCL & NRTC.

The MD USC briefed the Chair on the digitalization program of the Utility Store Corporation: encompassing it’s business process under ERP (enterprise resource planning); including supply chain, warehousing, financials, deployment of POS, human resources, and targeted subsidy which will be consummated by the end this month.

The MD USC also informed the minister that USC had completed the automation of utility stores in the Islamabad region, shifting 20% of total sales on automation which would be inaugurated next week.

While reviewing the progress of USC’s digitalization, the minister highlighted that the government would provide targeted subsidies at the Utility Stores for the Prime Minister Ehsaas program beneficiaries by linking their Ehsaas Cards/national identity cards with the sale points while making these stores a targeted subsidy tool.

The minister appreciated the team of USC and remarked that this project would be the largest digitalization program of any public sector-oriented company.

Khusro Bakhtiar informed that upon completion, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan would inaugurate the automation program of USC, as Digital Pakistan’s vision has been very close to his heart.

The federal minister also lauded the ongoing cooperation of PTCL and NRTC to work hand-in-hand with USC to carry out the automation program.

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