Ladakh and Lakshadweep integrated to One Nation One Ration Card Scheme
On September 1, 2020, Ladakh and Lakshadweep were integrated in the One Nation One Ration card scheme. With this a total of 26 states and union territories are now connected with each other under the scheme.
The 26 states and UTS that are connected under One Nation One card scheme are Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Telangana, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Punjab, Odisha, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Lakshadweep, Ladakh, Kerala, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gijarat, Goa, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.
One Nation One Card
It is an ambitious project of Government of India that ensures delivery of food security entitlements to the beneficiaries covered under National Food Security Act, 2013. The scheme mainly targeted the migratory NFSA beneficiaries. These are the beneficiaries who frequently change their dwelling in search of temporary employments.
Under the scheme, the beneficiaries can get their quota of food grains from any state. Currently, a ration card holder can buy food grains only from the Fair Price Shops that are assigned to him or her. This was usually the shops that are nearer to their living area.
Integrated Management of Public Distribution System
In order to make the scheme a success, a portal called http://www.impds.nic.in/ has been opened. It provides technological platform for the inter-state portability of ration cards. Also, the Annavitran portal enables a migrant worker to avail the benefits of the Public Distribution System outside the district. It enables a migrant worker to buy food grains where ever he or she is based and the rest of the family members can purchase food grains from their ration dealer back home.
National Food Security Act, 2013
Under the act, around 81 crores of persons are entitled to buy subsidized food grains from designated fair price shops. So far, 23 crores of ration cards have been issued to nearly 80 crore beneficiaries under the act.