From June 1, the same ration card will be applicable in the whole country, people will be able to take food grains from anywhere: Government

New Delhi: The government said in Parliament on Friday that under the One Country One Ration Card Scheme, a ration card will be implemented in the entire country from June 1.  The scheme is currently implemented in 12 states.  The Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said in the Rajya Sabha in response to a supplementary question during the Question Hour that "One country one ration" to facilitate those living below poverty line to take ration anywhere in the country  The card '' scheme will be implemented from 1 June onwards.
Paswan said that after the National Food Security Act came into force in 11 states in 2013, now all states have come under its purview.

 He said that in the next phase of the scheme, the government took the initiative to issue a single ration card for the entire country on January 1 in 12 states (Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala Karnataka, Rajasthan, Haryana, Tripura Goa, Jharkhand  And Madhya Pradesh).  He clarified that a country will not need a new card for a ration card.  At the same time, Paswan cautioned against rumors of new cards being issued, saying that this is a game of middlemen, if the game is not stopped then the ministry will not back down from conducting a CBI inquiry.

 Regarding the scheme of sending the price of food grains on ration card directly to the beneficiary's bank account (DBT), Paswan said that the pilot project in three union territories (Puducherry, Chandigarh and Dadar Nagar Haveli) has not been completed.  For this, he called the Puducherry government's unconcern as the main reason, that the ration card scheme cannot be linked to DBT without the consent of the state governments.  Therefore, the government has focused only on implementing one country one ration card scheme.

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