Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today implemented One Nation One Ration Card scheme to enable ration card holders to get their entitled quota of subsidized foodgrain from PDS outlets of their choice anywhere in the state.
The state will ensure biometric authentication for all cardholders in the shops for getting their monthly entitlement.
Over 25 States across the country have already joined the scheme that aims to provide rations for migrant families, irrespective of their State of origin.
A senior official said that the ration cardholder can get his/her monthly entitlements as per his/her choice of shops across the State. However, the government is yet to decide on one-time entitlements.
In the present system, a ration cardholder can buy foodgrains only from an FPS that has been assigned to his/her in the locality in which s/he lives. However, this will change once the ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ system becomes operational nationally. This is how it will work:
Suppose a beneficiary lives in the district of Basti in Uttar Pradesh and migrates to Mumbai for work. Currently, she is no longer able to purchase subsidised foodgrains from a PDS shop in her new locality in Mumbai. However, under the ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ system, the beneficiary will be able to buy subsidised foodgrains from any FPS across the country.