One nation one ration card, free food schemes falter, marginal beneficiaries covered
The data submitted by the government officials before a parliamentary standing committee suggests that there is a large gap between the intended coverage of the one nation one ration card and free food schemes and actual beneficiaries on the ground.
One nation one ration card: Snail-paced implementation
Till July 2020, only 2,000 interstate transactions took place through the electronic point of sale (ePoS) mechanism. That means the one nation one ration card scheme benefitted barely 13,000 migrants. The total foodgrain distributed through the scheme was a meagre 31,500 kg.
These details were provided by officials of the Food department during a deposition before the Parliamentary Committee on Labour earlier this week.
Compared to the government’s claims that 24 states and 90 per cent of ration shops are already integrated into the scheme, 31,500 kg of foodgrain accessed through it is terrible going.
There are a total 5.35 lakh fair price shops in India that cater to 23 crore ration cardholders in the country. In the last three months, the second wave of migration is taking place as migrants workers are slowly moving back to their place of work. And the one nation one ration card scheme is ideally placed to resolve the problems faced by them.
One Nation One Card scheme are going to be fully implemented from June 1 for ration cards across the country. The advantage of this scheme is that the card made in any state are often wont to buy rations in another state also . it’ll benefit the poor tons . card holders will get five kg of rice at Rs 3 per kg and wheat at Rs 2 per kg. the cardboard are going to be issued in two languages, local language and Hindi or English.