PATNA: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government's ambitious 'one nation, one ration card' initiative will be rolled out across the country from June 2020, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan announced on Monday.
"We will implement the 'One Nation, One Ration Card' scheme by June 1 in the whole country. Under this scheme a beneficiary will be able to avail foodgrain under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from any Fair Price Shop in the country using the same ration cards,” Paswan told reporters in Patna.
The beneficiary will be verified through Aadhaar authentication on the electronic point of sale (e-POS) devices. Earlier on January 1, Paswan had said that this facility has been started in 12 states in the country on the first day of the New Year.
The 12 states where facility inter-state portability is currently available are Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Haryana, Rajasthan, Tripura, Goa, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.
Under the NFSA, about 75 crore beneficiaries have been covered so far, as per official data (with inputs from agencies).
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