“One Nation One Ration Card” Scheme will come into effect from January 15,’2020. The scheme will be first implemented in 12 states Gujarat,Telangana,Maharashtra,Rajasthan,Madhya Pradesh,Kerala,Karnataka,Goa,Andhra Pradesh,Tripura,Jharkhand and Haryana.
In 12 states,35 million people will benefit from the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme
and the ration cardholders of these states will be able to use their ration card in any state.
The scheme is aimed at providing benefits to migrant labourers and daily wagers as it will allow the eligible beneficiaries to avail their entitled food grains under the National Food Security Act from any Fair Price Shop at subsidized rate using the same ration card.
The beneficiaries would be able to avail the entitled food grains after bio-metric / Aadhaar authentication on electronic Point of Sale devices. According to Ram Vilas Paswan,the facility of inter-state portability under the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ initiative would be available only through those FPSs which have ePoS devices.
Earlier in Ram Vilas Paswan Union Minister of Consumer Affairs,Food and Public Distribution on December 3 had announced that the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme will come into force across the country from June 1,’2020.
“This system would largely benefit the numerous migrant beneficiaries such as labourers, daily wagers, blue-collar workers etc. who frequently change their place of dwelling in search of employment or for other reasons across the country,” Paswan had added.