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Odisha To Implement 'One Nation One Ration Card' Scheme


30 June 2019

Abinash Pani


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Bhubaneswar: A day after the Central Government gave a one-year time to all the States and Union Territories to implement the 'One Nation, One Ration Card' scheme, Odisha Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain said the scheme will be implemented keeping in view the interest of the State.

Briefing mediapersons, Swain said, "We will not protest any constructive and development work, but the interest of Odisha is paramount. Keeping it in view we will implement the scheme and make sure the poor people of Odisha staying outside the State can avail its benefit."

BJP state general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan informed that as per the National Food Security Act (NFSA) a beneficiary has the right to food and in case of non-supply of the entitled quantities of foodgrains or meals, he/she shall be entitled to receive such food security allowance from the concerned State Government.

In view of this if a person from Odisha moves to any other State, the 'One Nation, One Ration Card' scheme will save him from the pain of applying for a new ration card. As in the case of gas connection, a consumer has to just change his dealer, same can be done in the case of ration card, he added.

Senior Congress leader Ram Chandra Khuntia though welcomed the scheme, doubted its implementation. He alleged that the NDA Government has a history of cheating people as many migrant labourers from Odisha are still not able to get ration cards in various States.

The Central Government has asked the States and Union Territories to implement the 'One Nation, One Ration Card' scheme within June 30, 2020, which will allow portability of food security benefits as such the beneficiaries would be able to buy subsidised foodgrains from ration shops in any part of the country.

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Ranendra Pratap Swain, Minister, Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare

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Prithviraj Harichandan, Senior BJP Leader

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Ram Chandra Khuntia, Senior Congress Leader