The seventh day of the budget session was very rude. The Lok Sabha had to be adjourned twice due to the ruckus between the party and the opposition over Rahul Gandhi’s statement. When the proceedings started for the third time, both sides created a ruckus after which Speaker Om Birla adjourned the Lok Sabha till tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Central Government told in Parliament on Friday that under the One Country One Ration Card Scheme, a ration card will be implemented in the entire country from June 1. The scheme is currently implemented in 12 states. Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said in the Rajya Sabha in response to a supplementary question during the Question Hour that ‘One Country One Ration Card’ to facilitate those living below poverty line to take ration anywhere in the country The scheme will be implemented from June 1.
Paswan said that after the National Food Security Act came into force in 11 states in 2013, now all states have come under its purview. He said that in the next phase of this scheme, the government took the initiative to issue a single ration card for the entire country on January 1 in 12 states (Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala Karnataka, Rajasthan, Haryana, Tripura Goa, Jharkhand And Madhya Pradesh).
He clarified that one country will not need a new card for a ration card. At the same time, Paswan cautioned against rumors of new cards being issued, saying that this is a game of middlemen, if the game is not stopped then the ministry will not back down from conducting a CBI inquiry.
Paswan said in response to another supplementary question that the ministry has set a target to implement one country one ration card across the country from June 1. Only the northeastern states are excluded from this deadline.
He said that under this scheme, due to the imperative to equip all ration shops with finger print identification machines (posh machines) and link the ration cards to Aadhaar, the northeastern states are exempted from this time limit.
Regarding the scheme of sending the price of food grains on ration card directly to the beneficiary’s bank account (DBT), Paswan said that the pilot project in three union territories (Puducherry, Chandigarh and Dadar Nagar Haveli) has not been completed. For this, he cited the Puducherry government’s unanimity as the main reason that ration card scheme cannot be linked to DBT without the consent of the state governments. That is why the government has focused only on implementing one country one ration card scheme.
Paswan said that where the state government gives consent, there will be distribution of cashless ration through DBT, where the state governments will not agree, they will wait there.