Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, interviewed by Harikishan Sharma (The indian Express)
-The Indian Express
The Indian Express spoke to Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, to understand what is 'One Nation, One Card' and how will it work.
One of the big ideas floated by the new central government has been the plan to have a ‘One Nation, One Card’. The Indian Express spoke to Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, to understand what this is and how will it work.
* What is the ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ scheme?
It means that a ration cardholder will able to buy subsidised food grains under the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) from any ration shop throughout the country. In the present system, a ration card holder is restricted to buy food grain from a designated shop in his locality. However, in the proposed system, if he migrates from his locality to another town or state, he will able to buy the subsidised food grains there too. So far, 14 states have started this facility.
* When it will be rolled out nationally?
It will become operational from June 1, 2020.
* Is public distribution system (PDS) ready for the roll-out of such initiative?
After coming to power in 2014, the NDA government not only fully implemented the NFSA but also digitised almost all the ration cards in the country. Apart from this, we linked ration cards with the Aadhaar numbers of beneficiaries. It ensured that only genuine beneficiaries remain in the system and the bogus ones are get eliminated. Through this process, we had eliminated about 15 crore bogus beneficiaries out of the total 81 crore. So far, 89 per cent ration cards have been linked with Aadhaar.
Apart from this, PoS (point of sale) machines were provided at fair price shops. Beneficiaries are required to give thumb impression at PoS machines so that we can check that a person, who is taking subsidised food grain, is genuine or not.
The Indian Express, 28 October, 2019, please click here to read the entire interview.
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The Indian Express, 28 October, 2019, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/ram-vilas-paswan-interview-pds-one-nation-ration-card-6090699/