Government weeds out 44 million bogus ration cards to plug leakage

“There were a large number bogus and duplicate ration cards before 2013. In last seven years, we have focused to prevent any leakage in the system. We needed identify duplicate cards, remove names of people who have died and eradicate list without...

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The NFSA provides coverage for 813.5 million people, which is nearly two-third of country’s population.
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New Delhi: The government has cleaned up 43.9 million bogus and ineligible ration cards from public distribution system to ensure that the subsidised food grains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) is distributed among genuine beneficiaries.

“There were a large number bogus and duplicate ration cards before 2013. In last seven years, we have focused to prevent any leakage in the system. We needed identify duplicate cards, remove names of people who have died and eradicate list without the Aadhar card,” said a food ministry official.

He said that the digitalisation drive of ration cards has helped improve transparency and efficiency of public distribution system.


“While weeding out ineligible ration cards, we keep on adding new beneficiaries within the ceiling of coverage defined for each stage and union territories,” the official said.

The NFSA provides coverage for 813.5 million people, which is nearly two-third of country’s population. Presently, more than 800 people are receiving subsidised food grains on a monthly basis.

“These people are also eligible for 5 kg free food grain per month under PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) till this month. The government may extend this scheme, which was launched in March this year to fight situation arising out of Corona pandemic, till March next month,” the official said.
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“We distribute around 42 million tonnes at subsidised rates under NFSA. Whole wheat is priced at Rs 2 a kg and rice at Rs 3 a kg. In addition to that we are distributing 32 million tonnes of free food grains under PMGKAY. The distribution under both the scheme had been seamless during the period of Corona,” the official said.

The government has also fast tracked one nation one ration card scheme to benefit migrant labourers who can avail subsidised food grain from any ration shop across the country. So far, the government has integrated 28 states and union territories with the national portability cluster.

“Now migratory beneficiaries can easily avail food grains from any ration shops in these states. We expect to cover the entire country by January 2021- two months ahead of the target,” the official said.
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