Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday said that the government is moving towards ‘one country a ration card’, so that beneficiaries can get grains of their share from any ration shop anywhere in the country. Ramvilas said this at a conference with state food secretaries on security issues. The officials of Indian Food Corporation (FCI), Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and State Warehousing Corporation (SWC) were also present in this conference.
It has been said in the official statement that Paswan discussed various issues including efficient implementation of National Food Security Act, complete computerization, transparency in storage and distribution of foodgrains and coordination with Depot Online System (DOS) of FCI, CWC and SWC Depot Of It has been said in the meeting that in the meeting, it was decided to move towards ‘one nation one ration card’, which will ensure all the beneficiaries, especially the migrants, that they can purchase any PDS (Public distribution system).
It said that this step will provide freedom to the beneficiaries as they will not be bound by any ration shop and will reduce their dependence on shop owners and curb corruption. Paswan said that its biggest beneficiary will be migrant laborers who go to other states to explore better employment opportunities, they will be able to ensure their food safety.
The integrated management of PDS (IMPDS) system is already in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Tripura, in which a beneficiary receives food from his share of any district of the state. Could. Other states also assured that IMPDS will be implemented as soon as possible.
The statement said that Food and Public Distribution Department is working on a large scale to achieve the purpose of One Nation One Ration Card and in the next two months Telangana and Andhra Pradesh beneficiary PDS shops will be able to use it. The purpose of the department is to ensure that it is implemented in a nationalized manner in a time bound manner.