NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the government is working on ‘one nation, one ration card’ which will benefit the migrant workers.
“The country is moving towards the institution of ‘one nation, one ration card’, which will be of immense benefit to the poor who travel to other states in search of work,” PM said in a televised address to the nation.
While announcing the government’s Rs 20 lakh crore economic package last month, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced that public distribution system (PDS) ration cards will be made portable to allow migrant workers to use these cards across states.
The implementation of one nation, one ration card will enable migrants to use their ration cards at any free price shop across the country to obtain foodgrains.
As part of Modi’s technology driven system reforms, the government aims to achieve 100 per cent potability of these cards by March 2021, Sitharaman had said.
The Prime Minister also asserted the nation that the government will continue to take further steps to empower the poor and the needy. He reiterated the pledge to work towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat‘ and said that economic activities will be enhanced, with due precautions in place.