One Nation One Card Scheme: Three more States included

One Nation One Card Scheme: Three more States included

   Kautilya Academy    01-06-2020

On June 1, 2020, the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs and Food and Public distribution Shri Ram Vilas Paswan announced that three more states namely Sikkim, Odisha and Mizoram are being included in the Integrated Management of Public Distribution System

What is One Nation, One Ration Card scheme?

The government had last year launched the pilot project for the inter-state portability of ration cards between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, and between Maharashtra and Gujarat, as part of its ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ scheme. Since ration cards are issued by state governments, this implied that beneficiaries could procure food grains only from the designated ration shops within the concerned state. If a beneficiary were to shift to another state, he/she would need to apply for a new ration card in the second state. There were other complications. For instance, after marriage, a woman needed to get her name removed from the ration card issued to her parents, and get it added to the ration card issued to her husband’s family.


Through the Integrated Management of PDS, the Government of India is trying to reach the benefits of National Food Security Act through One Nation One Ration Card scheme. So far, the scheme has been enabled in 17 states and Union Territories. They include Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Kerala, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tripura, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.

By August, three more states namely Manipur, Uttarakhand and Nagaland are to be added to the cluster.

One Nation One Ration Card

The scheme aims to provide the quota of food grains to the citizens anywhere in the country. With the migrant workers having returned to their homes, the scheme would be of great help to them.

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