FM announces free foodgrains for 8 crore migrant workers for 2 months

DS ration cards will be made portable, allowing migrant workers to use their ration cards across states, she said adding this would benefit 67 crore beneficiaries or 83 per cent of PDS beneficiaries, in 23 states by August. By March 2021, 100 per ...

One nation-one ration card, free food and affordable rent for migrants in FMs second stimulus tranche
New Delhi: The government will spend Rs 3500 crore for providing free food grains and pulses for two months to 8 crore migrant workers who don’t hold any ration card.

It is also going to roll-out nation wide portability of ration card scheme - One Nation One Ration Card - to help migrant workers seek their monthly quota of their food grains from any fair price shop across the country.

“Migrant workers who don’t have a ration card will be given monthly ration of 5 kg of rice or wheat per person and one kg of chana per family free of cost for next two months,” said finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman while announcing the second tranche of government’s Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package.


Sitharaman said that the government is concerned about the hardships migrant workers are facing while their access to food.

“The government will be rolling out technology enabled nation wide card portability programme - One Nation One Ration Card - which will help migrant beneficiary to access their monthly quota of subsidised food grains from any fair price shop in the country,” she said.

Sitharaman said that 67 crore beneficiaries in 23 states covering 87% of people covered under National Food Security Act will be benefitted by August 2020.
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“We will be able to cover 100% beneficiaries by March 2021,” she said.

Earlier in the month of March immediately after the lockdown, the finance minister had announced PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana under which 80 crore poor people covered under NFSA were given 5 kg food grain per person and one kg pulses per family free of cost for three months till June.

This was over land above their regular quota of subsidised 5 kg food grains per person per month. The central government spent Rs 46000 crore for this scheme. So far, states have lifted two-thirds of the grain allocated to the PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY).

Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that both the initiatives will help solve the problems of migrant workers.
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“One Nation One Ration Card will be useful for migrants. They will be able to get their quota of subsidised food grains from any fair price shop. Migrant workers who don’t have any beneficiary card can now avail free food grains for next two months,” Paswan said.
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