'One Nation One Ration Card' will soon arrive, helping migrants: PM Modi.
Announcing Tuesday's continuation of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also declared the government is working to make 'One Nation One Ration Card' a fact in the near future.
Addressing the nation through a televised speech, PM Modi said efforts are being made to provide one ration card which the poor can use across the country.
"A ration card is now also being arranged for India as a whole ie one country, one ration card," he said.
PM Modi said migrant workers would be the main beneficiaries of the scheme.
"The biggest advantage of the One Nation One Ration Card system would be for those migrant workers who abandon their villages and move for subsistence elsewhere," said the prime minister.
Under the 'One Nation-One Ration Card' scheme, qualifying beneficiaries will be able to use the same ration card from any Fair Price Shop in the country using their entitled food grains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).
The system was initially supposed to be introduced across the country from June 1 but due to the pandemic situation, it encountered a roadblock.
Recently, during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown period, the Supreme Court asked the Center to consider the feasibility of 'temporarily' implementing the 'one country, one ration card' scheme to allow migrant workers and economically weaker sections (EWS) to obtain subsidized food grain.
Nevertheless, the biggest announcement in PM Modi's 16-minute speech was the extension of PM Garib Kalyan Yojna till the end of November to Diwali ie.
Under the scheme, the poor will be given five kilograms of wheat or rice and one kilogram of pulses per month at no cost.
The scheme was initially rolled out for three months. PM Modi said it will cost the government Rs 90,000 crore more and will benefit 80 crore people in the country.