Your favorite box of soan papdi will now come equipped with RFID tags this Diwali season to track and prevent it’s re-use. Soan papdi and dry fruits are common gifting options that speak a lot about the lack of innovation of the sender.
No surprisingly many of these unopened boxes are re-used as gifts during festival season. The problem is not restricted to the current season, there have been instances of gifts from previous year being used as gifts for this year. All this will soon end if Govt’s latest plan is implemented.
Sources say that Ministry of IT & Electronics is seriously considering the possibility of having these tags to track boxes. The announcement was made today by IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at a press conference. He said, “I myself get a lot of gifts on Diwali and most of them are soan papdi boxes. Some of them look like the ones I have sent to others. So it seems that these boxes re just making a round trip across my social circle. It is quite irritating to be honest. I know a lot of people who are facing the same problem. RFID project will ease the frustration of common man this festival season.”
A senior software engineer who is part of the ambitious project spoke to Faking News and said, “Using your smartphone you can scan the tag and it will tell you how many people have been recipients. You will automatically get an alert if the box has changed many hands.”
For now there is no penalty for those who forward soan papdi or dry fruit boxes, but it could become a possibility in future.