National Food Security Act Current Affairs - 2020

Charan Paduka Initiative: First of its kind launched for Migrant Workers

The Charan Paduka Campaign was launched in Madhya Pradesh for the migrant workers passing through the state. Under the campaign the migrant workers were provided with shoes and slippers to reduce their pain.


The Charan Paduka campaign is being conducted by the Police of Madhya Pradesh state. Eventually, the initiative received full support of the public. By providing slippers, the pain of the migrant workers is being reduced.

The Government of India has been taking several measures to help the migrant workers returning to their home towns.

Measures of GoI

The GoI announced Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan under which migrant workers were covered largely. The Government allocated Rs 20 lakh crores for the initiative. Under the initiative, food and accommodation of the migrant workers were focused


The One Nation One Card Scheme is to be implemented in June, 2020. This will help provide relief for the migrant workers. However, in order to provide immediate relief, GoI announced free food grain supply for two months. This includes 5 kg of grains and 1 kg of pulses. To avail this, the migrant workers need not use a ration card.

The free food grains are being provided under the National Food Security Act


As an immediate relief, temporary shelters were constructed. Affordable rental housing scheme is to be launched under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana for migrant workers.

Five more states/UTs added under “One Nation One Ration Card”

On May 1, 2020, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution approved the integration of five states and Union Territories under “One Nation One Ration Card”. These states include Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Himachal Pradesh.


With the addition of these states and union territories, around 60 crore beneficiaries are to be added under National Food Security Act. Already there are 12 more states in the cluster. These states include Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Rajasthan and Tripura.

One Nation One Ration Card

The aim of the scheme is inter-state portability of ration cards. The scheme benefits people taking food grains under public distribution system (PDS). The system is highly useful to the migrant workers. In India around 37% of the population are migrant labourers.

National Food Security Act

Around 81 crore people in the country are covered under NFSA according to 2011 census. Under the act, the GoI is covering most vulnerable sections of the society namely antyodaya families. These families get 35 kgs of food grains per month.

Depot Online System

The Government of India is planning to integrate Public Distribution System with Depot Online System.