‘One nation, one ration card’ scheme: Odisha, Sikkim and Mizoram added to the initiative
PM Modi in his address mentioned that migrant workers across the country will be able to get the benefit of 'One Nation, One Ration Card' Scheme.
Consumer Affairs Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan announced on June 1 that 3 more states have been included in 'One Nation, One Ration Card' Scheme. These states are namely, Odisha, Mizoram, and Sikkim.
On January 1, 2019, 12 states have been integrated into this scheme while on May 1, the government had included another 5 states. With the addition of 3 more states, a total of 20 states & UTs are now under the 'One Nation, One Ration Card' scheme.
As per the Ministry, by August 2020, 3 more states namely- Nagaland, Uttarakhand, and Manipur will also be added to the scheme. The official from the ministry confirmed that by March 31, 2021, all the states will be added to the scheme to help the migrants in getting food grains from Fair Price Shops (FPS) in any state.
PM Modi on 'One Nation, One Ration Card' Scheme:
PM Modi in his address to the nation on June 30 gave a special mention to 'One Nation, One Ration Card Scheme'. With 20 states already under the scheme, he assured that the scheme will be implemented across the nation.
PM Modi also added that the migrant workers will be able to get the benefit of this scheme. One Nation One Ration Card Scheme provides free ration in any state of the country. It has proven to be beneficial for the workers who have been stuck in other states amid the lockdown.
• After the required arrangements, the national/inter-state portability transactions under the scheme have been enabled in these states from June 2020.
• The Ministry informed that the department has been doing all the necessary arrangements to include the remaining 13 states & UTs into the scheme.
• Constant efforts have been made by the Department of Food & Public Distribution to expand the reach of the scheme to the beneficiaries.
• With the support of Central NIC team, necessary preparatory activities to include the three states such as the integration of ePoS Software, availability of ration cards/beneficiary data in the central repository, integration with central IM-PDS and Annavitran Portals, requisite testing of national portability transactions, have also been made.
• The ration card by the states will be issued in bi-lingual format, besides the local language, the other language can be either Hindi or English.
• The card will have a 10-digit standard ration card number. The first two digits will be the state code while the next two digits will be the running ration card numbers.
• The set of other two-digits numbers will also be added to the ration card in order to create unique number IDs. It will be for each member of the household on the ration card.
20 states integrated under ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme:
• Andhra Pradesh
• Madhya Pradesh
• Himachal Pradesh
• Uttar Pradesh
• Daman & Diu
About ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme:
Under ‘one nation, one ration card’ system, the migratory ration cardholders will be able to get food grains from any Fair Price Shops (FPS) in the integrated 20 states & UT’s. They will be entitled to the subsidized food grains by using their existing ration cards issued in their own states or UT’s. It will certainly help the migrant workers who have not been able to reach their hometown and have been stuck in different states at the time of the lockdown.