One Nation, One Ration Card: Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, and West Bengal will continue to be integrated, the Centre tells the Supreme Court

With the exception of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, and West Bengal, a total of 32 States/UTs covering approximately 86 percent of the population covered under the National Food Security Act in the country have been brought under the ONORC plan by December 2020, as submitted by the Centre to the Supreme Court in the Suo Moto Migrant Workers case.

“The remaining four states/UTs of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, and West Bengal are expected to be integrated, depending on their technical readiness to implement ration card portability. These states bear the burden of implementing ONORC “, the Centre’s Written Submissions are submitted.

It goes on to say that GNCTD’s claims about the plan’s launch in circle 63 Seemapuri are deceptive because only a few transactions have been conducted in a single circle with about 42 ePoS machines. “Furthermore, it cannot be considered ONORC implementation until the national portability transactions are formally rolled out in all FPSs of all Circles of NCT Delhi, in which more than 2000 ePoS machines have been supplied and are awaiting operation.”

According to the Written Submissions, additional food security measures were made available during COVID-19 under Phase III of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna (PMGKAY-III), through which food grains were allocated to all States/UTs for free distribution to all AAY and PHH beneficiaries from the Central Pool at a rate of 5 kg/person/month for two months, i.e. May and June 2021.

On June 11, the Supreme Court stated that all states must implement the ONORC plan, which allows migrant workers to receive ration benefits from any part of the country regardless of where their ration card is registered, and reserved its decision in the Suo Moto Migrant Workers case.

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