Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 27
Going digital for the first time in the liquor issue management within the force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has introduced a Centralised Liquor Management System (CLMS) for its personnel. This is the first of its kind system amongst all the Central Armed Police Forces under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
There was a long standing demand from ITBP personnel that good quality liquor should be made available to them in the vicinity of their native places. Untill recently, the jawans could purchase their authorised liquor quota only from the canteens of the formation or unit where he was posted and there was no system which could enable them to buy liquor from canteens of other unit of the force even if it is located nearby his home town.
Due to this difficulty, jawans deployed in the remote and far flung areas had to face many difficulties in carrying the liquor due to different excise rules and duties of different states. Also, the liquor was sold in a manual manner and limited brands were available.
The Centralised Liquor Management System has been prepared for the retired and serving personnel of the ITBP by the Force Headquarters and it was first introduced on July 31, 2020, an ITBP spokesperson said today.
Under the system, the serving jawans can visit the main page of the ITBP website by using the CLMS tab on the portal and can generate their account through an online PIN and thereafter choosing the option of a liquor canteen of any formation or unit of the Force which is located nearby his home town.
Further, the jawans can get easy access to his selected liquor canteen to get his authorised liquor quota on payment after login. Under this system, the issue of liquor is supported by automated SMS facility on the personal registered mobile numbers of the jawans.
After the introduction of the CLMS system software, jawans are now able to select multiple liquor brands as per their choices and prescribed quota. The online availability of liquor’s brand, price, information, authorised quota and online purchase history can also be easily viewed or accessed through the system.
CLMS is a fully transparent and centralised digital system. This system also enables jawans to easily view the online approved selling price of any variety of liquor or brands and their personalised prior purchase history.
With this software, availability of quality liquor has now been ensured to ITBP jawans. The liquor is being made available to the Force personnel under CLMS on the basis of authorised monthly quota and approx 85 brands of different kinds of liquor are presently available on the CLMS. Based on requirement, number of available brands may increase in future.
The Central Armed Police Forces have their own canteen set up on similar lines to the Defence Ministry’s Canteen Stores Department, that make various grocery, daily needs and household items available to their personnel.