COVID-19: One nation, one ration card turns spotlight on 2017 govt report -Shagun Kapil

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published Published on May 1, 2020   modified Modified on May 1, 2020

-Down to Earth

The Union govt report had asked states to remove provisions that restricted migrants in accessing PDS benefits

The Supreme Court asked the Union government on April 30, 2020 to consider adopting a ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme for migrants stuck in cities due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

This has brought the spotlight on a 2017 government report on migration that emphasised that short-term migrants usually lose access to PDS. It had asked the state governments to ‘proactively’ remove any such provisions which restrict migrants in accessing such benefits.

The apex court’s direction came in the backdrop of multiple reports of migrants being unable to access subsidised food grains through the public distribution system (PDS) because of lack of identity proof or ration cards.

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Down to Earth, 1 May, 2020, https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/governance/covid-19-one-nation-one-ration-card-turns-spotlight-on-2017-govt-report-70829


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