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Nine States successfully implement One Nation One Ration Card

Nine States successfully implement One Nation One Ration Card

The Government of India launched One Nation One Ration Card to ensure beneficiaries, especially migrant workers get ration from any Public Distribution System (PDS) shops across the country.

Any citizen who falls under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category is eligible to get benefitted from the system.

Nearly 20 states are implementing the scheme. The beneficiaries will be identified through Aadhaar-based identification via the electronic point of sale (PoS) device. All the PDS or FPS shops should have the facility of PoS devices.

During the nationwide lockdown, many migrant workers and labourers suffered due to lack of access to food grains. Hence, many states are encouraged to implement One Nation One Ration Card system to help them get access to food anywhere in the country.

Considering the financial crunch and shortage of resources faced by the state governments, the central government raised their borrowing limits by 2% of GSDP if they implement certain reforms.

The implementation of One Nation One Ration Card system is one among them. 0.25% of the borrowing limit is linked to this program.

The system mainly intends to provide ration to migrant workers from any Fair Price Shop (FPS) across the country. Besides, it wants to eliminate the duplicate or bogus rations cards so that the welfare scheme would reach the actual beneficiaries.

To implement the reforms, the conditions include Aadhaar Seeding of ration cards and biometric authentification of beneficiaries. Besides, all the Fair Price Shops (FPS) must be automated.

So far, nine states successfully implemented these reforms. These include Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Goa, Tripura, and Uttar Pradesh. These states have been issued additional borrowing permission on their successful completion of reforms. The total amount issued to these states would be ₹23,523 crores.

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