On August 1, four of the countries joined the State / Union Territory One Nation One Ration Card Scheme. These states are Jammu Kashmir, Manipur, Nagaland and Uttarakhand. Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan oversaw the progress of the One Nation One Ration Card Scheme today. The scheme is already in force in 20 states. As such, this scheme has now been implemented in a total of 24 states.
65 Crore Beneficiaries will get Benefits
Paswan tweeted that with more than 65 crore beneficiaries of these 24 states coming under the National Food Security Act residing anywhere in these states under the One Nation One Ration Card, there will be facilities to obtain which will benefit those working in other states.
Target to Connect all States by 31 March
Paswan said that by March 31, 2021, all states in the country will be linked to the One Nation One Ration Card Scheme and all 81 crore beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act will receive the benefit.
Scheme Came into Effect on 1 June
The ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ was implemented across the country on June 1 amid the Corona crisis. It started with 20 states and union territories. Under this scheme, the poor of the country get rations at an affordable cost. This was mentioned by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during the announcement of the Self-Relief Relief Package. After this implementation, the ration card can be availed in any corner of the country.
What is the Rule Currently?
The current rule of the ration card is that the ration can be found in the district in which your ration card is made. Even if the district is changed, it does not get the benefit. Providing relief to the poor in times of the Corona crisis was a big challenge due to this rule. Therefore, the government said that even if there is no ration card, it will get the benefit right now.
The Grains Available at a Cheaper Price
BPL (Below Poverty Line) cardholders get the benefit of ration card. Under this, they get food grains at affordable prices. After the implementation of One Nation’s One Ration Card, people below the poverty line can buy rations in any corner of the country at an affordable price.