The interstate portability facility under the One Nation One Ration Card initiative will be accessible only at a reasonable price shop with a completely online e-POS machine. Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has said that the provision of 'one nation, one ration card' will be introduced in the country from 1st June 2020. This scheme will cover large scale migrant workers and especially needy people. Through this initiative, eligible receivers will be able to avail their foodgrains from any regular cost shop in the country using a ration card under the National Food Security Act.
Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan also announced in the Lok Sabha that the facility will be accessible only after biometric or Aadhaar verification on the e-POS device. The interstate portability department under the One Nation One Ration Card initiative will be available entirely at a fair price shop with a completely online e-POS machine.
Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has stated that the initiative will start from 1st June over the country. This information was given by the Union Minister in response to supplementary raised by Ganesh Singh and some other members during the question hour in the Lok Sabha on the previous Tuesday. Paswan said that at present, a posh machine facility has been introduced in 14 states for ration cards. He also said that the facility would be begun soon in the other 20 states and union territories. He also stated in the Lok Sabha that the government's goal is to start the initiative of 'one nation, one ration card' by June one next year. He said the target will be achieved by the government.
He said that the new system will ensure that if any person goes from one place to another, he should not have any difficulty in getting ration. The new system will also eliminate bogus ration cards. Paswan further said that in 11 states including Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Odisha, and Madhya Pradesh, it would be easier for ration cardholders to get cheaper ration in case of moving from one place to another within the state. Point of Sale (POS) machines are already engaged at ration shops in these states.
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