One Nation One Ration Card for Migrants Free Food Grains for 2 Months
Posted On : May 15, 2020,2:33 pm
Our Indian Finance Minister yesterday announced that launch of one nation one ration card as a part of the second tranche of her economic package to benefit migrant laborers. The people who are currently either stranded outside their states due to the lockdown or have no access to fair price shops where they are registered.
Along with this, the Center government will also give free food grains to those migrants peoples who have no ration cards for the next two months. The state card beneficiaries will be provided 5 kg of grains per person and 1 kg chana per family per month for two months, Migrants who are neither registered under the national food security act said Sitharaman.
The Indian government has been facing problems for its handling of the migrant as lakhs still continue to walk back hundreds of kilometers to their home states as their income dried up because of the lockdown.
The Indian government estimates that about eight crore migrants will benefit from the move to provide free grains. And Rs 3,500 crores will be spent on this intervention for two months, informed by Indian finance minister.
The State governments will be responsible for implementation, identification of migrants, full distribution, and coming up with the required guidelines.
The technology-driven system will be used to enable migrants peoples to access public distribution systems from any fair price shop in India by March 2021, Sitharaman said.
This is the implementation of the ‘one nation one ration card’ scheme that was trialed by the Center earlier. This scheme will enable the migrant beneficiary to access PDS from any fair price shop in the country, said Sitharaman.
She said before by August, 67 crore beneficiaries in 23 states amounting to 83 percent of the PDS population will be included in the scheme.
The ration card scheme aims to address the gaps in PDS delivery. Since ration cards are issued by state governments. This meant that one could procure food grains only from their area rations shops within the concerned state.
If people were to shift to another state, they need to apply for a new ration card in the other state. But it had many complications.
The new scheme has been launched for the internal migration of India. Our government had last year launched the project for the inter-state portability of ration cards between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, and between Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Those migrants who have ration cards, but people are living in the other states were not able to buy food grains from fair price shops because they had been registered in their home state.