In a bid to implement ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ across the country by June 1, 2020, the Centre on Friday kick-started inter-state portability of ration card between Telangana-Andhra Pradesh as well as Maharashtra-Gujarat.
This means beneficiaries living in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh can buy their quota of ration from the Public Distribution System (PDS), also called ration shops, in either of the states. Similar would be the case in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Launching the inter-state portability, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said, “today is a historic day. We have started inter-state portability of ration card pairing two states each.”
In these four states, both intra-state and inter-state portability of ration card is being implemented successfully, he said.
Meanwhile, seven states — Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tripura — at present are testing intra-portability of ration card, which means beneficiaries can lift their quota of ration from any PDS located within a state.
Elaborating, Food Secretary Ravi Kant said gradually, the inter-state portability of ration card will be implemented in the above-mentioned states by January 2020.
“By January 2020, these 11 states will be formed as one grid where ration card will be made portable. It means beneficiaries can buy ration from any one of these 11 states,” Kant explained.
The Minister said that the government is targeting to roll out ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ across the country by June 1, 2020.