Recently, while reviewing the progress of the implementation of ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ plan, the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan also took note of the requisite technical readiness of Union Territories of Ladakh and Lakshadweep and approved the integration of the two UTs with existing national portability cluster of 24 States/UTs.
Both the UTs have completed the trial and testing of national portability transactions with other States/UTs in the national cluster. Following the addition of the two UTs, a total of 26 States/UTs are now seamlessly connected with each other under the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ plan. Also, with the new plan, the migratory PDS beneficiaries in these 26 States/UTs can access their subsidised foodgrains at the same scale and Central Issue Prices from any Fair Price Shop (FPS) of their choice w.e.f. September 1, 2020.
A total of more than 65 crore beneficiaries in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, are now potentially enabled with an option to lift their subsidised foodgrains through ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ system. Remaining States/UTs are targeted to be integrated in national portability by March 2021.