Published On: Sat, Jun 29th, 2019

‘One Nation One Ration Card’ to finally launch by July 2020

A year has been extended by Center for ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme. It will be finally launched on July 1, 2020. With this poor migrant workers can buy subsidized rice and wheat from any ration shop across India, but only if the ration card is linked with Aadhaar.

By July next year, all the ration shops need to be equipped with point of sale (PoS) machines and states are responsible to implement it.

According to Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, 77 percent of ration shops have already installed PoS machines and 85 percent of people have linked their ration cards with Aadhaar to get covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

Officials from the ministry said if the ration card holder wants to get ration from the local registered ration shop, the Aadhaar linkage is not mandatory.

Paswan added ten states are offering the portability and those are Gujarat, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tripura and Telangana.

He further said Delhi started implementing the portability but later the work was paused due to technical reasons.

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Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh could implement the portability work soon as they already have the PoS machines in all of their ration shops.

Paswan continued saying, “This scheme will ensure that no poor person is deprived of subsidised grains… We have written to all State governments to fast track its implementation, so that the whole country is ready to implement ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ latest by June 30, 2020.”

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