On Tuesday, the Supreme Court orders the states and union territories to implement the ‘One Nation One Ration Card Scheme’ till 31 July 2021.
A bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and M R Shah issued a slew of guidelines on a plea of 3 activists in search of guidelines to the Centre and states to make sure meals security, cash transfers and different welfare measures for migrant workers who confronted misery once more because of curfews and lockdowns in various parts of the country during the second wave of COVID-19.
The bench directed the Centre to expand a portal with the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to assist for registration of unorganised sector workers for granting them the advantages of welfare schemes by July 31.
It additionally directed the states, UTs to run kitchens for migrant workers until the pandemic state of affairs maintains in respective states. It requested the Centre to preserve allocating food grains to the states, UTs for distribution amongst migrant people free until the pandemic state of affairs exists.
‘One Nation One Ration Card’ Scheme
The scheme was released by the Centre as a pilot mission in 4 states in 2019. Its goal is to increase the ambit of the Public Distribution System to empower all beneficiaries to obtain subsidised food grains as ration regardless of which state they’re primarily based totally in the country.
Currently, the PDS calls for eligible people to procure ration only from the PDS stores that they’re registered in, which is commonly their location of residence. Hence, groups like migrant labourers had been neglected in the system.
However, as soon as the ONORC scheme is operational throughout the country, people may be able to procure subsidised food grains from any store in any state due to the fact their ration card will be valid throughout the country.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had stated that the national implementation of the scheme will be underway by March 2021.
The goal of the scheme is to make sure that no needy individual falls thru the gaps of food safety granted by the State under the NFSA. It additionally seeks to reduce the instances of corruption and fraud from sellers and middlemen.
Eligibility for ONORC
Every family that is classified as being Below Poverty Line (BPL) is eligible to get hold of a ration under the PDS, and through extension, the One Nation, One Ration Card scheme. At least 20 states have agreed to implement the scheme