Ladakh and Lakshadweep have been integrated in the existing national portability cluster of One Nation One Ration Card. The Consumer Affairs Ministry said that both the Union Territories have completed the trial and testing of national portability transactions with other States and UTs in the national cluster. With this, a total of 26 States and UTs are now seamlessly connected with each other under the One Nation One Ration Card plan.
The Ministry said that migratory PDS beneficiaries in these 26 States and UTs can access their subsidised foodgrains from any Fair Price Shop of their choice from today. A total of more than 65 Crore beneficiaries are now enabled with an option to lift their subsidised foodgrains through One Nation One Ration Card system. The Ministry said, remaining States and UTs are targeted to be integrated in national portability by March next year.
The One Nation One Ration Card plan is an ambitious endeavour of the Government to ensure the delivery of food security entitlements to all beneficiaries irrespective of their physical location anywhere in the country. Through this system, the migratory beneficiaries who frequently change their place of dwelling in search of employment are now enabled with an option to lift their entitled quota of foodgrains from any Fair Price Shop in the country using their same ration card.