Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution,
Ram Vilas Paswan today said the Government has begun implementing
nation-wide portability of the benefits under the National Food Security Act
He was speaking during the Question Hour in the
LokSabhatoday.MrPaswan said eligible households or beneficiaries covered under
NFSA would be able to lift their entitled food grains from any Fair Price Shop,
FPS, in the country.
This would be possible by using the same ration card after
biometric or Aadhaar authentication on Electronic Point of Sale, EPoS, device at
an FPS of Destination/Sale State through ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ Plan.
The Minister reiterated that the facility of inter-State
portability under this initiative would be available only through FPSs, having
fully online ePoS devices.
The system would largely benefit numerous migratory
beneficiaries such as labourers, daily wagers and blue-collar workers who
frequently change their place of dwelling in search of employment or for other
reasons, across the country.
The leaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO,
will meet today to mark the 70th birthday of the organization in London.
Scotland Yard said road closures will be in place in central
London during the meet. The two-day summit includes receptions at Buckingham
Palace and Downing Street plus a working session at a golf resort in outer
London. United States President Donald Trump landed in Britain ahead of the
NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, the alliance
needs to address the challenges and opportunities posed by an increasingly
powerful China, but added that the alliance does not want to make an enemy out
The twenty-nine member alliance is the world's biggest military
NATO was founded in 1949 for the collective defence of its
members, linking the security of the United States with its European allies
against the Soviet Union. It witnessed the end of communism, defeating the
Soviet Bloc without firing a shot.
The talks take place amid a bitter dispute between French
President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President RecepTayyipErdogan over Turkey's
recent incursion into northern Syria.
India today successfully test-fired its indigenously
developed surface-to-surface nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile off Odisha
coast. The Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army conducted the user
trial of the 350 km range missile from a mobile launcher from launch
complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur at around 7.50 p.m.
Defence sources said the missile weighs about 4,600 kg, is
capable of carrying 500 to one thousand kilograms of warheads and is thrust by
liquid propulsion twin engines. It also said all parameters within the
stipulated time period were achieved.
AIR correspondent reports, inducted into the 333-missile
regiment of the Indian Army in 2003, the nine-meter-tall, single-stage liquid-fueledPrithvi-II
is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated
Guided Missile Development Programme.
Today’s trial was a part of regular training exercise by the
armed forces which reconfirms the Army’s readiness to fire it at short notice.
Developed under the joint collaboration of Defence Research and
Development Organization and Bharat Dynamics Limited, the missile was first
test-fired on 27 January 1996.