One Nation, One Ration Card scheme: All you need to know | India News

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that by July 31, 2021, all states and Union Territories must implement the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ (ONORC) scheme that allows migrant labourers to get ration benefits from any part of the country, irrespective of the place where their ration card is registered.
‘One Nation One Ration Card’ is a scheme implemented by the government providing for nation-wide portability of National Food Security Act (NFS) Ration card. The scheme aims to benefit the migrant workers who constitute more than 1/4th population of India.
ONORC will allow a migrant from Bihar working in Punjab to be able to avail the foodgrains they are entitled to under the NFS Act, 2013. Until now, a person could avail of NFS Act benefits only at the designated local ration shop or fair price shop and not in the state or city they have migrated to.
To promote this reform in India’s ration card-led Public Distribution System (PDS) of foodgrains, the Centre also gave incentive of additional borrowing to states. During the Covid-19 pandemic, at least 17 states, which implemented the ONORC reform, were allowed to borrow an additional Rs 37,600 crores in 2020-21.
How does ONORC scheme work?
* The ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ is a tech-driven system that allows labourers, daily wagers, urban poor like rag pickers, street dwellers, temporary workers in organised and unorganised sectors, domestic workers, etc. to get their daily quota of food grains from any electronic point of sale (e-PoS) of their choice anywhere in the country.
* ‘One Nation, one Ration Card’ system is one of the four citizen-centric reforms identified by the department of expenditure under the Union finance ministry.
* All the ration cards of the beneficiaries in the state will be seeded with their Aadhaar cards and all the Fair Price Shops (FPSs) in the state will be automated
* The automation and Aadhaar seeding will ensure seamless inter-state portability of the card and also help eliminate bogus or ineligible cardholders.
(With inputs from agencies)

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