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One nation one ration card scheme implemented in four States

One nation one ration card scheme was launched on Thursday on a pilot basis in four states.

Aug 1, 2019 15:53 IST
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One nation one ration card scheme was launched on Thursday on a pilot basis in four states- Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The scheme will provide a major boost to the national food security government.

Under the one nation one ration card scheme, families who have food security cards will be able to buy rice, wheat or any food grain at a subsidised price from any ration shop in the mentioned states. The ration cards will need to be linked with the Aadhaar Number to avail the service.

The Union Government plans to extend the One nation one ration card scheme to all the states by August 2020 to enable the portability of the food security card.

One nation one ration card pilot project

In Telangana, those who have white ration card have been receiving the portability facility, which enables them to buy their subsidized food grains from any fair price shop in the state.

Under the one nation one ration card scheme, the same facility can now be utilized in Andhra Pradesh through PoS machines.

The Telangana Civil Supplies Corporation had conducted a trial run of the project last week. In the trial run, consumers from Andhra Pradesh bought their commodities from the fair price shop in Hyderabad.

Background

As per official data, around 2.82 crore consumers benefited from ration portability in Telangana. The facility was introduced in the state last year.

Now, over 56 lakh beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act in Telangana are expected to benefit from the facility.

With the launch of the One nation one ration card scheme, consumers in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat will also stand to benefit from the facility.