Centre announces one nation, one ration card

The Centre announced roll out of ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ to ensure no poor person is deprived of getting subsidised foodgrains under food security scheme when he shifts from one place to another. This will also remove the chance of anyone holding more than one ration card to avail benefits from different states.

The decision to fast track the roll out was taken at a meeting of state food secretaries chaired by Union food minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Claiming that migrant labourers will be the biggest beneficiary of this initiative, Paswan said, “They will have full food security. This will also provide freedom to the beneficiaries as they will not be tied to any one PDS shop. It will curtail instances of corruption.”

In order to achieve this target, the food ministry will create a central depository of all ration cards which will help in eliminating duplication.

The Centre’s plan is to set up a realtime online database of ration cards – Integrated Management of PDS – on the lines of the lines of GSTIN.

The food ministry said the IMPDS is already operational in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Tripura wherein a beneficiary can avail his share of foodgrain from any district in the state.

The Centre has urged all other states to implement this for larger benefit of the poor. It said in the next two months beneficiaries of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will be able to access the PDS shops in either of the states.

Currently, 61.2 million tonnes of foodgrains stored in warehouses of FCI, CWC, SWCs and private godowns are distributed among 81 crore beneficiaries annually. Paswan said there was an urgent need to use the I-T infrstructure right from the time of purchase of food grains till its distribution as it will help increasing the overall efficiency of the entire process, while maintaining transparency and curbing corruption.

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