In a move that would benefit people belonging to the BPL category, the State Government has decided to implement the Centre’s ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ programme from September 1.
While informing this on Tuesday, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain said the initiative would be implemented on a pilot basis for ration card holders under the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) from September 1 and would later be extended across the State.
With this, Swain said, the beneficiaries under both the National Food Security Act (NFSA) as well as the State Food Security Scheme (SFSS) can get their ration items from any Public Distribution System (PDS) centre across the country.
“We are going to introduce ration card portability on a pilot basis from Bhubaneswar. It will be replicated in other parts of the State in next phases. The way you withdraw cash from ATMs irrespective of any location, ration card holders will now be able to get their subsidised items from any PDS centre across the country,” said the Minister.