Delhi Govt to Extend Free Ration Scheme till Sept 30: Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, announced on Wednesday that the city administration has made the decision to extend the free ration program in the city till September 30, 2022. This decision would help over 73 Lakhs residents of the city. He also stated that following the pandemic, his administration had provided free rations to around 73 Lakh citizens of the nation's capital since April 2020.
And, in order to continue providing this benefit, the Delhi government has now made the decision to prolong this program through September 30, 2022, and will continue to provide free rations in the upcoming months as well.
Govt using One Nation One Ration Card Database for Other Welfare Schemes too
For additional welfare programs like Ayushman Bharat, E-Sharm, and PM-KISAN among others, the government has begun leveraging the database created under the One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) system for its 80 crore recipients.
"NFSA database can act as a centralized database for recognition of beneficiaries who are not in possession of Ayushman Bharat cards by the National Health Authority (NHA) or e-shram cards by the Labour Ministry, saving them from fresh data collection or survey of eligible beneficiaries," said Sudhanshu Pandey, the union's food secretary.
Additionally, he said that because all ration cards have been Aadhaar seeded, persons who have received ration cards are logged in the system and their data becomes the base data.
Jun 24, 2022
India Completes ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ Implementation
The One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) initiative, which was launched in August 2019, has now accomplished its objective, with Assam becoming the final state to implement it. Under this plan, beneficiaries can get heavily subsidized foodgrains through the public distribution system anywhere in the country. It guarantees the mobility of around 240 million ration cards.
It allows beneficiaries to purchase grain from any fair price shop (FPS) in the nation by utlilizing the ration card given in their native state. Since its commencement, ONORC has processed 710 million portable purchases, 436 million under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and 278 million under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyana Anna Yojna (PMGKAY).
Jun 24, 2022
12.5 Lakhs Digital Ration Cards issued in Uttarakhand
Rekha Arya, the Minister of Food and Civil Supplies, told the board that the hill state's beneficiaries had received 12.58 Lakh new digital ration cards. She conceded that the production and administration of the new ration cards had been impeded by recent assembly elections and the second wave of Covid.
While 13.46 Lakh ration cards were supposed to be issued, only 12.58 Lakh have been provided to the citizens, and the remaining are being prepared. The most ration cards were handed in Udam Singh Nagar, with 2.38 Lakh, followed by 2.05 Lakh in Dehradun. The printing and distribution of the remaining rations cards are expected to get completed by July 2022.
- Jun 17, 2022
Yogi: Govt committed to providing free ration to all eligible people
The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, reinforced his government’s commitment to ensuring that all citizens of the state, falling within the purview of the National Food Security Act (NFSA), will continue receiving ration.
When questioned by a member of the Bahujan Samaj Party about the number of families who begged for a living were receiving ration, CM Yogi Adityanath stated that all families eligible under the scheme are being given free ration cards. He also added that his government is working towards ensuring that those left behind have equal opportunity to get a ration card, by revoking the ration card of those who have obtained a ration card without being eligible for one.
The CM further stated that since ascending to power in 2017, his government has been working towards providing eligible citizens with ration cards, in a seamless, transparent, and accountable manner. He stated that under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana and the UP government’s scheme, over 15 Crore citizens had access to free ration, bi-monthly.
- May 31, 2022
Government in process of integrating e-Shram portal with One Nation One Ration Card scheme: Bhupender Yadav
The Ministry of Labour and Employment's e-Shram portal, created with the purpose of registering workers engaged in the unorganized sector, and offering them benefits pertaining to social security, will now be amalgamated with the One Nation One Ration Card program, as directed by the Minister of Labour and Employment Bhupender Yadav.The Chief Minister of Assam went on to state that under the ambit of the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana Gramin (PMAY-G), the district of Jorhat was where the process of allocating houses to beneficiaries began which will then be duplicated across the state.
The government is currently trying to integrate these two schemes and aims to do so by mapping the location-centric data of food grains sourced from Public Distribution System shops across the country. By mapping this data against the data pertaining to permanent addresses on e-Shram, the government aims to recognize migrant workers registered on the e-Shram platform.
By doing so, the government aims to ensure that a worker's location doesn't pose an obstacle to accessing benefits associated with social security.
Following Mr. Yadav's announcement, a panel of imminent jurors went on to emphasize the need for the employer's participation in ensuring the same.
With the private sector being the largest source of employment for migrant workers, their engagement and participation in the process are of vital importance.
The e-Shram portal and registry there is just the first step. The industry then plays a crucial role in ensuring that workers’ vulnerability is reduced through the adequate and timely deliverance of social security benefits.
- May 23, 2022
West Bengal CM has launched the 'Duare Ration' scheme, which will help 10 crore people
From now on, ration goods will be delivered to the doorsteps of more than 10.4 crore people every month, and West Bengal will be the only state in the country to provide free food grains to the entire population, said chief minister Mamata Banerjee at the launch of the 'Duare Ration' doorstep rationing programme at Netaji Indoor Stadium. Banerjee announced a slew of concessions for ration dealers, some of whom had been criticising the programme due to logistical issues, referring to them as "anna dhatri" and said that delivering food grains at home is a form of "service to mankind" and "humanitarian activity."
While delivering rations under the 'Duare Ration' programme, dealers will have to park their vehicles in a locality and all people living within 500 metres will collect their food grains, according to Banerjee. This will speed up the delivery process, which would otherwise be delayed if the dealer visited each and every house. The state administration has approved the engagement of two personnel per ration dealer to assist him in onloading and offloading the ration to make the delivery procedure move more smoothly. Banerjee proposed a Rs. 1 Lakh grant for ration dealers who want to own their own vehicles to transport rations.
- Nov 17, 2021
CM announces Rs 5,000 in monsoon aid for red ration card holders
On Tuesday, Chief Minister of Puducherry, N. Rangasamy announced a monsoon relief of Rs. 5,000 for each family in the Union Territory with a red ration card. Daily wage employees, agricultural labourers, fishers, and construction workers have all been affected by the recent heavy rains.
N. Rangasamy explained that several political parties and trade unions had called for some type of support for employees in the unorganised sector, and the relief measures were in response to these demands. While an identical relief had already been declared for fishermen and construction workers, which would aid an estimated 1.10 lakh families, he informed that the newly announced relief would benefit 30,000 red ration cards.
- Nov 17, 2021
West Bengal government has launched a Whatsapp chatbot
The Food and Supplies Department of West Bengal has established a specialized WhatsApp chatbot to make it smoother for inhabitants to apply for ration cards, register grievances, and access other important resources. Farmers will also benefit from the chatbot's verified knowledge on paddy purchase. The bot is accessible in English and Bengali and is completely free to use.
Users must begin the chat by sending a 'Hi' to a specific number, according to the West Bengal government announcement. The State government claims the chatbot is a "first in India" because it is created with complete service capabilities and eliminates the need for individuals to visit a ration office in person to get their questions answered or submit requests. The bot includes components like ration card application forms, tracking applications, Aadhaar integration, paddy sale scheduling advice, and more.
- Nov 17, 2021
Chhattisgarh implements 'One Nation One Ration Card' plan
Chhattisgarh became one of the states taking part in the 'One Nation One Ration Card' plan by making the plan operational from February 2, 2022. The people of the 'One Nation One Ration Card' (ONORC) plan implemented states can lift their food grains quota entitled under the food law from any ration shops across the country.
The nation-wide portability of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) ration cards enables migrant NFSA beneficiaries of Chhattisgarh, who frequently migrate to different places looking for temporary employment, to take the benefit of availing subsidized food grains from any ration shops across the country by using their same/existing ration card. The families of these beneficiaries staying back in the state can avail the balance ration easily.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the Centre introduced Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) to provide free food grains to over 80 crore people covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). Under the PM-GKAY, additional food grains of 5 kilograms per person per month can be availed at the subsidized rate of Rs 2-3 per kg. According to the Department of Food & Public Distribution, a high volume of about 49 crore portability transactions is done by the beneficiaries during the pandemic. Thus, ONORC has proved to be a successful plan to ensure food security for migrant beneficiaries.
- Feb 7, 2022