On Tuesday, the Supreme Court has directed to implement the One Nation One Ration Card Scheme for the migrants to all the states and union territories till July 31.
It has been launched by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in 2019 on a pilot basis of 4 states. Source - Multiple.
In a suo motu case, the Supreme Court said that the distribution of dry ration and community kitchen shall continue until the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. It also said that the states should frame schemes for the distribution of food grains to those who do not have ration cards. The Centre should allocate the same accordingly, the Bench also said.
A bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and justice MR Shah issued a slew of directions on a plea of three activists seeking directions to the Centre and states to ensure food security, cash transfers and other welfare measures for migrant workers who faced distress again due to curfews and lockdowns in various parts of the country during the second wave of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
One Nation one ration card scheme is one of the four centric reforms identified by the department of expenditure under the Union finance ministry. Department has also allowed additional borrowing of 0.25% of gross state domestic product or GSDP to States completing the implementation of the system which translate additional borrowing permission of rupees 37,600 crores.
It has been launched by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in 2019 on a pilot basis in 4 states. Under this scheme, ration and food security will be provided to migrant workers and their families under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and other schemes.