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One nation one ration card, free food schemes falter, marginal beneficiaries covered

The one nation one ration card scheme and distribution of free food grain, the two measures announced by the Centre as a panacea for crores of migrants facing hunger and destitution during the Covid-19 lockdown, seem to have failed.

The one nation one ration card scheme and distribution of free food grain, the two measures announced by the Centre as a panacea for crores of migrants facing hunger and destitution during the Covid-19 lockdown, seem to have failed. The data submitted by the government officials before a Parliamentary standing committee suggests that there is a large gap between the intended coverage of the schemes and actual beneficiaries on the ground.

One Nation One Ration Card: Snail-paced implementation

Till July 2020, only 2,000 interstate transactions took place through the ePoS mechanism. That’s means the one nation one ration card scheme benefitted barely 13,000 migrants. The total food grain distributed through the scheme was a meagre 31,500 kg.

Free food grain scheme: States fail to deliver

The free food grain scheme aimed as an instant remedy for migrants, rendered jobless and homeless due to Covid crisis, did not reach them. Under the AtmaNirbhar Bharat (ANB) Scheme, the Centre had earmarked 8 lakh metric tonnes of food grain. The free grain was supposed to be distributed among approximately 8 crore migrants across the country by respective state governments and the Centre was to lift the tab.

Hurdle in implementation of one nation one ration card scheme

The NDA government’s ambitious one nation one ration card programme is all set to miss the nationwide coverage by March 2021 deadline.

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