Politics and Nation

Why Nirmala Sitharaman is talking about 'One Nation, One Ration Card'

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India’s Finance Minister announced the nationwide rollout of a One Nation One Ration Card scheme, that will ensure migrant workers get their supplies; here’s how it works.
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A major gripe for many people across the country is that ration cards are only valid in the locality that they are assigned in, and the differing systems in each city.
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The nationwide rollout of this system - expected to be complete by 2021 - will ensure that ration cards become portable, both intra state and inter state.
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To make this work, the government will rely on biometrics that will ensure anybody can pick up staples from a fair price shop in the city they reside in.
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This move is not a sudden one and was initially expected to rollout in 2020, but was delayed due to various issues that the government has been working to fix.
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